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ADULT FICTION

LB           13452    IMPOSTOR SYNDROME WANG, KATHY  

Alice Lu is a first generation Chinese American whose parents are delighted she’s working at Tangerine (such a successful company!). Too bad she’s slogging away in the lower echelons, recently dumped, and now sharing her expensive two-bedroom apartment with her cousin Cheri, a perennial “founder’s girlfriend”. One afternoon, while performing a server check, Alice discovers some unusual activity, and now she’s burdened with two powerful but distressing suspicions: Tangerine’s privacy settings aren’t as rigorous as the company claims they are, and the person abusing this loophole might be Julia Lerner herself. Unrated. 2021.           

LB           13459    LAST NIGHT IN LONDON           WHITE, KAREN (KAREN S.)           

A journalist in 2019 London interviews a World War II-era model to learn the story of the woman’s best friendship with a Royal Air Force pilot’s wife, who was catapulted by the Blitz into a web of intrigue and secrets. Unrated. 2021               

LB           13463    LOST BOYS: A DECKER/LAZARUS NOVEL   KELLERMAN, FAYE        

Detectives Peter Decker and Tyler McAdams link two suspicious disappearances from an assisted living facility to the case of three missing campers, before the reappearance of a foster son’s biological mother upends Decker’s home life. Unrated. 2021.

LB           13465    NEIGHBORS        STEEL, DANIELLE              

After a tragedy, actress Meredith White has lived as a recluse in her San Francisco home. When a massive earthquake hits, Meredith opens her mostly intact home to her neighbors. As the neighbors grow closer, bonds are formed and secrets revealed. Strong language, some violence, and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2021.

LB           13426    NINETEEN EIGHTY-FOUR             ORWELL, GEORGE, 1903-1950    

Satire about an alternate London under a totalitarian regime overseen by the omnipresent Big Brother. Winston Smith, a Ministry of Truth bureaucrat, attempts an intellectual rebellion against the Party while he pursues an illicit romance. His actions lead to his imprisonment, torture, and reeducation by the Thought Police. 1949.      

LB           13450    FINAL TWIST       DEAVER, JEFFERY             

Colter Shaw is in San Francisco to take on the mission his father began years ago. A missing courier bag holds the evidence that will take down a corporate espionage firm responsible for an untold number of deaths. But it also holds a potentially catastrophic secret. Unrated. 2021.

LB           13455    HEIRESS: THE REVELATIONS OF ANNE DE BOURGH            GREELEY, MOLLY             

In this spin-off from Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Anne de Bourgh grew up sheltered and dreamy, knowing she would one day marry her cousin Fitzwilliam Darcy. When her father dies, Anne stops taking her daily dose of laudanum and decides to take control of her own life. Unrated. 2021.   

LB           13402    HOUR OF THE WITCH: A NOVEL     BOHJALIAN, CHRIS, 1962-             

Boston, 1662. Mary Deerfield is the twenty-four-year-old second wife of a widower twice her age. When Thomas, prone to drunken rages, drives a fork into her hand, Mary resolves to divorce him. However, she soon finds herself suspected of witchcraft. Unrated. 2021.

LB           13379    LIAR’S DICTIONARY          WILLIAMS, ELEY

Peter Winceworth, Victorian lexicographer, is toiling away on Swansby’s multivolume Encyclopaedic Dictionary, but boredom leads him to insert fictitious entries. In the present day, Mallory, a young intern employed by the publisher, is tasked with uncovering these fake words before the work is digitized. Unrated. 2021.

LB           13451    KINDEST LIE        JOHNSON, NANCY (NOVELIST)  

Needing to reconnect with the baby she gave up for adoption years earlier, an Ivy League-educated African American engineer uncovers devastating family secrets before her bond with a young white misfit scandalizes her racially torn community. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2021.  

LB           13382    IN THE COMPANY OF KILLERS      CHRISTY, BRYAN              

Tom Klay an investigative reporter leading a double life as a CIA spy, discovers that he has been weaponized in a global game of espionage pitting him against one of the world’s most ruthless men. Unrated. 2021.          

LB           13461    MARAUDER: A NOVEL OF THE OREGON FILES      CUSSLER, CLIVE

While interrupting an attack on a Kuwaiti oil tanker, Juan Cabrillo and his team discover something even more dangerous: a ruthless billionaire’s dying wish has allowed a paralyzing chemical to end up in the hands of a terrorist group. When his crew member falls victim to the poison, Cabrillo must find an antidote. Some violence. 2020. Related names: Morrison, Boyd, 1967- author.

LB           13405    KLARA AND THE SUN      ISHIGURO, KAZUO, 1954-             

Klara, an Artificial Friend, possesses great observational skills, and loves to watch the humans around her. When she is purchased to act as a companion for an ill girl, she studies the emotions of her new family closely and tries to learn from them. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2021.        

LB           3942       KENTUCKY! WAGONS WEST, VOLUME 20       ROSS, DANA FULLER       

Legendary freedom-fighter Toby Holt sets out on a daring mission to thwart a plot to assassinate President Grant.  During his adventure, he is dazzled by a Kentucky beauty and protects a woman photographer who has accidentally taken a picture of the murderer. Sequel to “Wisconsin!” (RC 26013, BR 7041).

LB           13423    PROJECT HAIL MARY       WEIR, ANDY      

Ryland Grace awakens on a spaceship far from Earth with no memory and two dead crewmates. As he begins to remember the details of his impossible mission to try to save humanity from an extinction-level threat, he encounters an unexpected ally. Unrated. Bestseller. 2021.

LB           13401    HUNTER KILLER: A PIKE LOGAN NOVEL          TAYLOR, BRAD, 1965-

Just as Pike Logan and the Taskforce are preparing for a mission, a friend is killed in an attack meant for Pike. When team members on the mission vanish, Pike heads to Brazil to investigate and winds up tracking a crew of Russian assassins. Sequel to Daughter of War (DB 93985). Unrated. 2020.              

LB           13435    GREAT CIRCLE    SHIPSTEAD, MAGGIE     

As a teen during Prohibition, Marian Graves meets a bootlegger who helps her become an aviator. An adventurous life follows, including an attempt to circumnavigate the globe. A century later, Hadley Baxter is cast to play Marian in a film that centers on Marian’s disappearance in Antarctica. Unrated. 2021.

LB           13408    FINDING ASHLEY: A NOVEL           STEEL, DANIELLE              

Once a bestselling author, Melissa Henderson now pours all her energy into renovating a Victorian house in rural New England. She receives a call from her estranged sister Hattie, who wants to help Melissa, even if it means opening up a wound from her past. Unrated. Bestseller. 2021.               

LB           13407    FINDING THE MOTHER TREE: DISCOVERING THE WISDOM OF THE FORES                SIMARD, S. (SUZANNE)

Ecologist presents trees as part of the cycle of life and their participation in the social communication network of forests. Topics include tree evolution, perception of other trees, announcing warnings and providing defense, and the concept of Mother Trees. Strong language. 2021. Variant title: Discovering the wisdom of the forest.       

LB           13453    HUSH HUSH        WOODS, STUART             

Stone Barrington is settling in for some downtime in New York City when an anonymous enemy makes himself known. This nameless foe’s threats hit close to home, and before Stone can retaliate, the fearsome messages turn into very real consequences. With the help of old friends–and a lovely new tech-savvy acquaintance–Stone investigates. Strong language, some violence, and some descriptions of sex. 2020.     

LB           13417    ROAD HOME      EVANS, RICHARD PAUL 

After the events of The Forgotten Road (DB 91774), Charles James has added urgency to complete his journey along Route 66 and see his ex-wife Monica. However, he is only halfway to Los Angeles and still has many more lessons to learn as he walks. 2019.

LB           13419    READY PLAYER ONE         CLINE, ERNEST  

2045. Multibillionaire James Halliday dies, leaving his last will and testament online for the world to see. His massively multiplayer online game OASIS has a hidden feature–an Easter egg–and the person who finds the egg first wins Halliday’s fortune. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2011.

LB           13418    READY PLAYER TWO        CLINE, ERNEST  

Mere days after winning OASIS founder James Halliday’s contest, Wade Watts discovers a significant new technology in Halliday’s vaults, as well as a new quest that hints at a mysterious prize. Meanwhile, a dangerous new rival rises against Wade. Sequel to Ready Player One (DB 73772). Some strong language. Bestseller. 2020. Variant title: Ready Player 2.              

LB           13387    ROBERT LUDLUM’S THE TREADSTONE EXILE         HOOD, JOSHUA

Former Treadstone Operative Adam Hayes finds himself at the center of a web of warring factions and high-level secrets in the second novel in the Treadstone series, the newest addition to the Robert Ludlum universe. Unrated. 2021.

LB           13416    RED BOOK           PATTERSON, JAMES, 1947-          

Detective Billy Harney is used to weeks where getting shot in the head, being stalked by a state’s attorney, and accused of murder is par for the course. But his instincts flare when a drive-by shooting turns political. Worse, his past holds the answers he needs. Unrated. Bestseller. 2021. Related names:  Ellis, David, 1967- author.

LB           13406    FIRST PERSON SINGULAR: STORIES           MURAKAMI, HARUKI, 1949-        

A collection of eight short stories exploring the boundaries between the mind and the exterior world. These stories explore memories of youth, meditations on music, a love of baseball, dreamlike scenarios, and invented jazz albums. Unrated. Bestseller. 2021. Related names:  Gabriel, Philip, 1953- translator. Related names:  Gabriel, Philip, 1953- translator.

LB           13429    TINY TALES: STORIES OF ROMANCE, AMBITION, KINDNESS, AND HAPPINESS         MCCALL SMITH, ALEXANDER, 1948-          

In Tiny Tales, Alexander McCall Smith explores romance, ambition, kindness, and happiness in thirty short stories accompanied by thirty witty cartoons designed by Iain McIntosh, McCall Smith’s longtime creative collaborator. Unrated. 2021.

LB           13392    RUSSIAN              PATTERSON, JAMES, 1947-          

Weeks before NYPD Detective Michael Bennett is to marry his longtime love, Mary Catherine, an assassin announces his presence in the city with a string of grisly murders. Each victim is a young woman. And each has been killed in a manner as precise as it was gruesome. Unrated. Bestseller. 2021. Related names: Born, James O., author.             

LB           13420    RADIO OPERATOR: A NOVEL        LENZE, ULLA, 1973-         

At the end of the 1930s, Europe is engulfed in war. Though America is far from the fighting, the streets of New York have become a battlefield. Josef Klein, a German immigrant, remains immune to the troubles roiling his adopted city. His great passion is the radio, and his skill and technical abilities attract the attention of influential men who offer him a job as a shortwave operator. But when Josef begins to understand what they’re doing, it’s too late; he’s already a little cog in the big wheel–part of a Nazi espionage network working in Manhattan. Unrated. 2021.

LB           13421    TOM CLANCY SHADOW OF THE DRAGON              CAMERON, MARC           

After brilliant Chinese scientist Liu Wangshu is suspected of defecting to America, China sets retaliation efforts in motion. Unfortunately, none of President Jack Ryan’s team know where Liu is. Sequel to Tom Clancy Firing Point (DB 99599). Unrated. 2020. Variant title: Shadow of the Dragon.        

LB           13390    SOOLEY                GRISHAM, JOHN              

Seventeen-year-old Samuel Sooleymon gets the chance of a lifetime: a trip to the United States with his South Sudanese teammates to play in a basketball tournament. While there, Samuel receives devastating news that a civil war is raging across South Sudan and rebel troops have ransacked his village. Unrated. Bestseller. 2021. 

LB           13437    PRESIDENT’S DAUGHTER              CLINTON, BILL, 1946-     

Former president–and one-time Navy SEAL–Matthew Keating’s worst nightmare has come to pass. His teenaged daughter Melanie has been kidnapped. As the nation watches, Keating embarks on a one-man special-ops mission to retrieve Melanie and stop a madman from wreaking further havoc. Unrated. 2021. Related names:  Patterson, James, 1947- author.   

LB           13394    SOMEONE LIKE YOU        KINGSBURY, KAREN       

Maddie Baxter West is stunned when she finds out that she was adopted and had a sister she never knew. Betrayed and confused, Maddie leaves her new job and fiance, rejects her family’ s requests for forgiveness, and moves to Portland to find out who she really is. 2020.

LB           13424    PIANOS AND FLOWERS: BRIEF ENCOUNTERS OF THE ROMANTIC KIND      MCCALL SMITH, ALEXANDER, 1948-    

In Pianos and Flowers we are invited, through the medium of sepia images, to glimpse a world long departed. In these stories, inspired by long-lost photographs, the lives of the people in the frame are imagined and then explored, layer by layer. What must have it like to be them? We hold our breath for them. Our heart beats faster for them. We look again at the photograph in a new light, and say Yes, it might have happened just like that. Unrated. 2021.

LB           13409    ETERNAL              SCOTTOLINE, LISA           

Despite their differences, Elisabetta, Marco, and Sandro grow up as the best of friends in pre-war Rome. Their friendship blossoms into love, with both Sandro and Marco hoping to win Elisabetta’s heart. But in the autumn of 1937, as Mussolini asserts his power, their lives will all change. Unrated. Bestseller. 2021.              

LB           13442    SOUVENIR MUSEUM: STORIES   MCCRACKEN, ELIZABETH             

In these stories, the mysterious bonds of family are tested, transformed, fractured, and fortified. A recent widower and his adult son ferry to a craggy Scottish island in search of puffins. An actress who plays a children’s game-show villainess ushers in the New Year with her deadbeat half-brother. A mother, pining for her children, feasts on loaves of challah to fill the void. A new couple navigates a tightrope walk toward love. And on a trip to a Texas water park with their son, two fathers each confront a personal fear. Unrated. 2021.

LB           13432    ARCHER                COELHO, PAULO              

In The Archer we meet Tetsuya, a man once famous for his prodigious gift with a bow and arrow but who has since retired from public life, and the boy who comes searching for him. The boy has many questions, and in answering them Tetsuya illustrates the way of the bow and the tenets of a meaningful life. Unrated. 2020.

LB           13434    WHEREABOUTS                 LAHIRI, JHUMPA              

For one unnamed woman, the Italian city she calls home acts as a companion. Traversing the streets around her house, in parks, piazzas, museums, stores, and coffee bars, she feels less alone as she takes comfort in her routines. Unrated. 2021. 

LB           13445    DANGEROUS MAN                    CRAIS, ROBERT      

Joe Pike has just left the bank when he sees his teller forced into a vehicle. He rescues her, but she is soon abducted again. As Pike and Elvis Cole race to find her, they must figure out who wants the young woman–and why. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2019.    

LB           13391    AMERICAN TRAITOR: A PIKE LOGAN NOVEL          TAYLOR, BRAD, 1965-     

Pike Logan is on vacation when he learns that his friend and colleague Clifford Delmonty is on the run from Chinese agents. Sequel to Hunter Killer (DB 98141). Then, Pike and Jennifer discover Delmonty’s attackers are tied to a larger scheme linked to conflict between China and Taiwan. Unrated. Bestseller. 2021.

LB           13464    OLYMPUS, TEXAS                    SWANN, STACEY      

March Briscoe returns home to Olympus two years after he had an affair with his brother’s wife. His return puts a strain on the already dysfunctional family. Within days of March’s arrival, someone is dead, marriages are upended, and even the strongest of alliances are shattered. Unrated. 2021.             

LB           13469    WHILE JUSTICE SLEEPS: A NOVEL               ABRAMS, STACEY            

When legendary Supreme Court Justice Howard Wynn falls into a coma, his dedicated clerk Avery Keene is shocked to find he left instructions for her to serve as his guardian and power of attorney. She discovers Wynn had been researching a possible conspiracy, and she is now targeted. Unrated. Bestseller. 2021.     

LB           13400    WHAT COMES AFTER      TOMPKINS, JOANNE, 1956 JULY 10-         

In misty, coastal Washington State, Isaac lives alone with his dog, grieving the recent death of his teenage son, Daniel. Next door, Lorrie, a working single mother, struggles with a heinous act committed by her own teenage son. Separated by only a silvery stretch of trees, the two parents are emotionally stranded, isolated by their great losses–until an unfamiliar sixteen-year-old girl shows up, bridges the gap, and changes everything. Unrated. 2021.

LB           13441    V2: A NOVEL OF WORLD WAR II HARRIS, ROBERT, 1957- 

It’s November 1944–Willi Graf, a German rocket engineer, is launching Nazi Germany’s V2 rockets at London from Occupied Holland. Kay Connolly, once an actress, now a young English Intelligence officer, ships out for Belgium to locate the launch sites and neutralize the threat. But when rumors of a defector circulate through the German ranks, Graf becomes a suspect…and Kay’s and Graf’s destinies are on a collision course. Unrated. 2020.               

LB           13414    AFFAIR STEEL, DANIELLE              

When Rose McCarthy’s staff at Mode magazine pitches a cover shoot with Hollywood’s hottest young actress, the actress’s sizzling affair with a bestselling French author is exposed. The author happens to be Rose’s son-in-law, which creates a painful dilemma for her. Unrated. Bestseller. 2021.       

LB           13440    VANISHING        KRENTZ, JAYNE ANN      

Decades ago in the small town of Fogg Lake, a cave explosion released unknown gases. The residents slept for two days and awoke changed. Catalina Lark and Olivia LeClair are best friends who work together using their “other sight” to help solve cases, until Olivia vanishes. Unrated. 2020.

LB           13386    WHERE THE GRASS IS GREEN AND THE GIRLS ARE PRETTY      WEISBERGER, LAUREN, 1977-             

Peyton has a seat at the anchor desk of the most-watched morning show, an adoring husband and a Princeton-bound daughter. Skye, her sister, is a stay-at-home mom living in a glitzy suburb of New York, but dreams of a life beyond the PTA and pickup. Max, Peyton’s daughter, is poised to kiss her fancy private school goodbye and head off to pursue her dreams in film. Until… One little lie. That’s all it takes for the illusions to crack. Unrated. 2021.

LB           13388    WHEN THE STARS GO DARK         MCLAIN, PAULA

When tragedy strikes seasoned missing persons detective Anna Hart’s personal life, she flees to the northern California village of Mendocino to grieve. But when she arrives, it’s to find out a local teenager is missing and the circumstances are reminiscent of a murder in Anna’s childhood. Unrated. 2021. 

LB           13439    PALM BEACH MURDERS                PATTERSON, JAMES, 1947-          

Both survivors of the divorce wars, Christy and Martin don’t believe in love at first sight and certainly not on a first date. But from the instant they lock eyes, life becomes a sexy, romantic dream come true. That is, until they start playing a strangely intense game of make-believe, a game that’s about to go too far. Unrated. 2021.

LB           13425    OCEAN PREY       SANDFORD, JOHN, 1944 FEBRUARY 23-  

While fishing with his family, an off-duty Coast Guardsman notices suspicious behavior. His feelings are confirmed when three of his colleagues are shot and killed. When the FBI’s investigation stalls out, they call in Lucas Davenport who, in turn, calls on Virgil Flowers. Strong language. Bestseller. 2021.

LB           13381    BETRAYALS: A NOVEL     COLLINS, BRIDGET          

At Montverre, an ancient and elite academy hidden high in the mountains, society’s best and brightest are trained for excellence in the grand jeu-the great game-an arcane and mysterious competition that combines music, art, math, poetry, and philosophy. Leo Martin once excelled at Montverre but lost his passion for scholarly pursuits after a violent tragedy. He turned to politics instead and became a rising star in the ruling party, until a small act of conscience cost him his career. Now he has been exiled back to Montverre, his fate uncertain. Unrated. 2021.     

LB           13466    OUR WOMAN IN MOSCOW: A NOVEL           WILLIAMS, BEATRIZ 

In 1948, Iris Digby vanished from London with her American diplomat husband and their two children. Four years later, Iris’s twin sister Ruth receives a postcard. Within days, Ruth is on her way to Moscow, posing as the wife of a counterintelligence agent to extract the Digbys from behind the Iron Curtain. Unrated. 2021.       

LB           13467    OTHER SIDE OF THE DOOR           FRENCH, NICCI 

London. Singer Bonnie Graham discovers the body of Hayden, her secret lover and fellow band member, and enlists the help of a friend to cover up the death. Repercussions occur involving the other musicians, who have complicated relationships from the past. Strong language, descriptions of sex, and some violence.  2021.          

LB           13384    BEFORE SHE DISAPPEARED          GARDNER, LISA

Middle-aged recovering alcoholic Frankie Elkin searches for missing people the world has stopped looking for. A new case brings her to Mattapan, a Boston neighborhood where Haitian teenager Angelique Badeau vanished from her high school months earlier. Strong language, some violence, and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2021.

LB           13280    BRIGHTEST STAR               MICHAELS, FERN             

Christmas is more than just a celebration for Lauren Montgomery. For generations, it’s been her family’s livelihood. To help keep their shop afloat, Lauren has a sideline writing biographies for business figures. She’s thrilled when her literary agent contacts her with a new proposal—before learning that the subject will be none other than John Gerald Giompalo. He’s the titan behind Globalgoods.com, the online retailer that has spelled doom for small businesses… Unrated. 2020.

LB           13422    PROPHETS           JONES, ROBERT, JR., 1977-           

Isaiah and Samuel are two enslaved men on a plantation. They work in the barn, caring for the animals. They find comfort and more in each other’s arms. When another enslaved man begins preaching the master’s gospel, tensions build as they try to just love each other. Unrated. 2021.

LB           13415    PUMPKIN SPICE PERIL    MCKINLAY, JENN             

Life is sugar-sweet for Melanie and Angie, who bake extra love into their friend Rene’s favorite pumpkin spice cupcakes, to cheer her up while she works on a massive art installation. Before Rene can debut, she’s found poisoned, and police suspect cupcakes may have been the murder weapon. Unrated. 2020.              

LB           13438    PHASE SIX            SHEPARD, JIM   

In a tiny settlement on the west coast of Greenland, 11-year-old Aleq and his best friend, frequent trespassers at a mining site exposed to mountains of long-buried and thawing permafrost, carry what they pick up back into their village. The story follows Aleq, one of the few survivors of the initial outbreak, through his identification and radical isolation as the likely index patient. Unrated. 2021.          

LB           13543    CROSSROADS    FRANZEN, JONATHAN   

December 23, 1971, Chicago. Each member of the Hildebrandt family seeks a freedom that the others threaten to complicate. Russ Hildebrandt, the associate church pastor and father of three, is on the brink of breaking free of a joyless marriage unless his wife beats him to it. Unrated. Bestseller. 2021.             

LB           13536    SOMETHING TO HIDE: A LYNLEY NOVEL    GEORGE, ELIZABETH, 1949-         

Acting Detective Superintendent Thomas Lynley is assigned to the case of a detective who has died after being in a coma. It is only after her death that the murderous act precipitating it is discovered. He must tread carefully due to her work on a special task force. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2022.  

LB           13538    BEGINNING        LEWIS, BEVERLY, 1949-  

Susie Mast’s Old Order Amish life has been shaped more by tragedy than her own choices. But when she decides to stop waiting on her childhood friend and accept another young man’s invitation, she soon realizes her mistake. Unrated. 2021.

LB           13537    PARTY CRASHER               KINSELLA, SOPHIE           

It’s been over two years since Effie’s beloved parents got divorced. Since then, she’s become estranged from her father and embarked on a feud with his much younger girlfriend, Krista. When the family home, Greenoaks, is sold, Effie plans to sneak in during the last party at the house. Unrated. 2021.

LB           13542    NIGHT SHE DISAPPEARED             JEWELL, LISA     

After leaving a party on a massive English country estate, a young couple goes missing. A year later, writer Sophie Beck moves into a cottage on the edge of the woods bordering that same estate. While wandering the wood, she stumbles on a potential clue to the missing couple. Unrated. 2021.           

LB           13544    APPLES NEVER FALL: A NOVEL    MORIARTY, LIANE           

Stan and Joy Delaney have been married for fifty years and have a picture-perfect life. But they’re both miserable. When a stranger–Savannah–knocks on their door asking for help, they welcome her in. But soon Joy is missing, Savannah nowhere to be found, and Stan accused of murder. Unrated. Bestseller. 2021.

LB           13539    MUSIC OF BEES: A NOVEL             GARVIN, EILEEN

Three lonely strangers in a rural Oregon town are brought together by happenstance on a local honeybee farm, where they find surprising friendship, healing–and maybe even a second chance–just when they least expect it. Unrated. 2021.

ADULT NON-FICTION

LB           13427    LUCKY: HOW JOE BIDEN BARELY WON THE PRESIDENCY    ALLEN, JONATHAN (JONATHAN J.M.)

Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes use their unparalleled access to key players inside the Democratic and Republican campaigns to unfold how Biden’s nail-biting run for the presidency vexed his own party as much as it did Trump. Having premised his path on unlocking the Black vote in South Carolina, Biden nearly imploded before he got there after a relentless string of misfires left him freefalling in polls and nearly broke. Unrated. 2021.  Related names: Parnes, Amie, author.

LB           13462    MADHOUSE AT THE END OF THE EARTH                 SANCTON, JULIAN          

In Madhouse at the End of the Earth, Julian Sancton unfolds an epic story of adventure and horror for the ages. As the Belgica’s men teetered on the brink, de Gerlache relied increasingly on two young officers whose friendship had blossomed in captivity: the expedition’s lone American, Dr. Frederick Cook–half genius, half con man–whose later infamy would overshadow his brilliance on the Belgica. Unrated. 2021.   

LB           13380    LESSONS FROM LUCY: THE SIMPLE JOYS OF AN OLD, HAPPY DOG      BARRY, DAVE               

Humorist and author of books including Best. State. Ever (DB 87795) shares lessons on growing old gracefully, some of which he learned from his beloved dog Lucy. Lucy has taught him how to live his best life, let go of daily grievances, and be in the moment. Some strong language. 2019.

LB           13404    LEARNING TO PRAY: A GUIDE FOR EVERYONE      MARTIN, JAMES

A trusted guide walking beside us as we navigate our unique spiritual paths, Martin lays out the different styles and traditions of prayer throughout Christian history and invites us to experiment and discover which works best to feed our soul and build intimacy with our Creator. Father Martin makes clear there is not one secret formula for praying. But like any relationship, each person can discover the best style for building an intimate relationship with God, regardless of religion or denomination. Prayer, he teaches us, is open and accessible to anyone willing to open their heart. Unrated. 2021.    

LB           13448    FIRST PLATOON: A STORY OF MODERN WAR IN THE AGE OF IDENTITY DOMINANCE  JACOBSEN, ANNIE               

An urgent investigation into warfare in the age of biometrics, and the dangerous implications of new technologies that would allow the government to identify anyone, anywhere, at any time Unrated. 2021.  

LB           13454    HOW TO AVOID A CLIMATE DISASTER: THE SOLUTIONS WE HAVE AND THE BREAKTHROUGHS WE NEED     GATES, BILL, 1955-          

Founder of Microsoft presents a proposal of ways for the entire world to move to zero greenhouse gas emissions in order to avoid a climate catastrophe. Outlines the challenges facing us in the twenty-first century and methods, including proposed governmental policies, to achieve the goal. Some violence. Bestseller. 2020.

LB           13398    MY TIME WILL COME: A MEMOIR OF CRIME, PUNISHMENT, HOPE, AND REDEMPTION     MANUEL, IAN               

The story of a fourteen-year-old sentenced to life in prison, the extraordinary relationship that developed between him and the woman he shot, and of his release after twenty-six years of imprisonment through the efforts of America’s greatest contemporary legal activist, Bryan Stevenson. Unrated. 2021.               

LB           13397    MURDER THY NEIGHBOR              PATTERSON, JAMES, 1947-          

Two true-crime tales. A woman comes to hate her neighbor; when she takes him to court, his retaliation will be shockingly gruesome. And a woman who is better at connecting through social media finds the man she’s interested in does not reciprocated her feelings; she starts a virtual war that enters the real world. Unrated. 2020.  

LB           13399    MY REMARKABLE JOURNEY: A MEMOIR      JOHNSON, KATHERINE G.       

In this memoir, Katherine shares her personal journey from child prodigy in the Allegheny Mountains of West Virginia to NASA human computer. Unrated. 2021.

LB           13468    FOUR HUNDRED SOULS: A COMMUNITY HISTORY OF AFRICAN AMERICA, 1619-2019                         

A “community” history of African Americans spanning the four centuries between 1619 and 2019 that contains pieces from ninety writers, each covering the span of a few years. Each period of time is explored in a variety of ways, including essays, short stories, vignettes, and polemics. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2021. Related names: Kendi, Ibram X., editor Blain, Keisha N., editor  

LB           13447    EXERCISED: WHY SOMETHING WE NEVER EVOLVED TO DO IS HEALTHY AND REWARDING         LIEBERMAN, DANIEL, 1964-         

Harvard professor of human evolutionary biology explains how humans never evolved to do voluntary physical activity for the sake of health. Suggests how we can make exercise more enjoyable, rather than shaming people for avoiding it. Tackles the question of whether you can exercise too much, and examines why exercise reduces vulnerability to fatal diseases. Some violence. 2021.        

LB           13410    EMPIRE OF PAIN: THE SECRET HISTORY OF THE SACKLER DYNASTY             KEEFE, PATRICK RADDEN, 1976-

Author of Say Nothing (DB 94329) examines the history of the Sackler family who has donated money to many prominent cultural and educational institutions, but who have made their money off drugs like Valium and OxyContin. Discusses legal challenges the family and their companies have faced. Unrated. Bestseller. 2021.

LB           13403    HEART OF FIRE: AN IMMIGRANT DAUGHTER’S STORY      HIRONO, MAZIE, 1947-  

The first Asian American woman serving in the US Senate recounts her life story as an immigrant who was raised on a rice farm in rural Japan. She describes her journey to America, her early days in Hawaii, her family’s struggles, her early political career, and her five decades in public service. Unrated. 2021.          

LB           13436    GOD EQUATION: THE QUEST FOR AS THEORY OF EVERYTHING     KAKU, MICHIO 

Theoretical physicist and author of The Future of Humanity (DB 90271) presents an examination of the quest for a single theory to explain everything in the universe. Discusses the work of Albert Einstein, the development of quantum research, and the potential and perils of String Theory. Unrated. 2021.

LB           13396    TILL MURDER DO US PART            PATTERSON, JAMES, 1947-          

Two true crime stories. “Till Murder Do Us Part” tells the story of Kathi Spiars who digs into the past of her husband, Stephen Marcum. “Ramp Up to Murder” examines the charmed life of teen model Brandi McClain and what goes wrong with her boyfriend. Unrated. 2021. Variant title: Until murder do us part. Related names:  Bourelle, Andrew, author. DiLallo, Max, author.      

LB           13393    SAVING FREEDOM: TRUMAN, THE COLD WAR, AND THE FIGHT FOR WESTERN CIVILIZATION                SCARBOROUGH, JOE     

The host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe discusses President Harry Truman’s efforts to fend off Soviet threats at the dawn of the Cold War through the “Truman Doctrine.” He describes the larger global context of the conflict and examines events in both Washington and Europe in order to analyze the changing geopolitics. Unrated. 2020.

LB           13433    DUSK, NIGHT, DAWN: ON REVIVAL AND COURAGE            LAMOTT, ANNE

Drawing from her own experiences and her own faith journey, Lamott offers insights into the intimate and human ways we can bring back hope by demonstrating we can travel through the darkest places toward a more hopeful light that is still burning. Unrated. 2021.          

LB           13446    CRYING IN H MART: A MEMOIR        ZAUNER, MICHELLE

The author reflects on her experiences growing up Korean American, struggling with expectations, meeting her husband, and losing her mother to cancer. She also discusses her journey to forge her own identity and claim the taste, language, and history left to her by her mother. Unrated. Bestseller. 2021.

LB           13412    ANTHROPOCENE REVIEWED: ESSAYS ON A HUMAN-CENTERED PLANET   GREEN, JOHN, 1977-

In this collection of personal essays adapted and expanded from his podcast, the author reviews the contradictions found within humanity. He discusses how mankind is both far too powerful and not nearly powerful enough and covers topics ranging from the QWERTY keyboard to Canada geese. Bestseller. 2021.       

LB           13431    SOUL OF A WOMAN       ALLENDE, ISABEL             

The author of Long Petal of the Sea (DB 98363) and The House of the Spirits (DB 21524) reflects on feminism and what it means to be a woman. She recounts her experiences of 1960s feminism, the trajectory of her career, the ups and downs of her love life, and what she values as a woman. 2021.   

LB           13395    THINK AGAIN: THE POWER OF KNOWING WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW      GRANT, ADAM, 1981-

An organizational psychologist examines the critical art of rethinking: learning to question your opinions and open other people’s minds, which can position you for excellence at work and wisdom in life. He looks at reasons why people hesitate to rethink their opinions, and the value of mental flexibility. Bestseller. 2021.      

LB           13443    PROMISED LAND              OBAMA, BARACK            

The first volume of Barack Obama’s presidential memoirs, recounting his journey from youth to president of the United States of America. He discusses his early aspirations, the trajectory of his political career, landmark moments of his first term, and reflections on American politics. Strong language. Bestseller. 2020.

LB           13430    LET ME TELL YOU WHAT I MEAN               DIDION, JOAN  

A collection of early pieces by the author of The Year of Magical Thinking (DB 61740). These six essays discuss the press, politics, California robber barons, women, and the author’s own self-doubt. Unrated. 2021. Related names:  Als, Hilton, author of foreword.        

LB           13456    EYE BOOK: A COMPLETE GUIDE TO EYE DISORDERS AND HEALTH     CASSEL, GARY H., 1953-           

This is the second edition of an encyclopedic reference work of consumer health about the adult human eye. It covers common eye complaints such as dry eye, ocular migraine, device-related eyestrain, and conjunctivitis, along with newer forms of laser eye therapy and lens implants. The second edition features a new chapter on cosmetics and the eye, along with updated content about diagnostic testing, new forms of eyeglass materials, colored contacts, and therapies for medical conditions for all areas of the eye”– Provided by publisher. 2021.

LB           13457    EXTRA LIFE: A SHORT HISTORY OF LIVING LONGER            JOHNSON, STEVEN, 1968-            

Author of How We Got to Now (DB 95346) and Farsighted (DB 92296) analyzes the ways humans have nearly doubled their life expectancy in only one hundred years. Highlights the stories behind specific moments of innovation and progress, including seatbelts and vaccines. Unrated. 2021.            

LB           13383    CHASING THE THRILL: OBSESSION, DEATH, AND GLORY IN AMERICA’S MOST EXTRAORDINARY TREASURE HUNT              BARBARISI, DANIEL        

A first-person account of the treasure hunt set in motion by Forest Fenn–an eccentric art dealer and, some would say, robber baron–in 2010 that lasted a full decade and became the stuff of contemporary legend. When Forest Fenn was told he was going to die, he hid a chest full of jewels and gold in the wilderness and published a poem that contained a series of clues about the treasure’s secret location. But he didn’t die, and he wouldn’t reveal the location. The wild hunt went on for another ten years. Unrated. 2021.

LB           13389    WAY OF INTEGRITY: FINDING THE PATH TO YOUR TRUE SELF         BECK, MARTHA NIBLEY, 1962-

In The Way of Integrity, Beck presents a four-stage process that anyone can use to find integrity, and with it, a sense of purpose, emotional healing, and a life free of mental suffering. Much of what plagues us–people pleasing, staying in stale relationships, negative habits–all point to what happens when we are out of touch with what truly makes us feel whole. Inspired by The Divine Comedy, Beck uses Dante’s classic hero’s journey as a framework to break down the process of attaining personal integrity into small, manageable steps. Unrated. 2021.        

LB           13413    AGELESS: THE NEW SCIENCE OF GETTING OLDER WITHOUT GETTING OLD               STEELE, ANDREW               

In Ageless, Andrew Steele, a computational biologist and science writer, takes us on a journey through the laboratories where scientists are studying every bodily system that declines with age–DNA, mitochondria, stem cells, our immune systems–and developing therapies to reverse the trend. Unrated. 2020.      

LB           13385    BRIEF HISTORY OF EARTH: FOUR BILLION YEARS IN EIGHT CHAPTERS         KNOLL, ANDREW H.        

Earth’s story helps us to understand how the mountains, oceans, trees, and animals came to be, as well as gold, diamonds, coal, oil, and the very air we breathe. In so doing, it provides the context to understand how human activities are transforming the world in the twenty-first century. Unrated. 2021.

LB           13411    BEGINNERS: THE JOY AND TRANSFORMATIVE POWER OF LIFELONG LEARNING    VANDERBILT, TOM

A journalist examines the question of why so many adults stop learning new skills. Inspired by his young daughter, the author decides to spend a year learning purely for the sake of learning. Extolling the benefits of being a beginner, he tackles skills including chess, singing, surfing, drawing, and juggling. Some strong language. 2020.               

LB           13470    ZERO FAIL: THE RISE AND FALL OF THE SECRET SERVICE  LEONNIG, CAROL            

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and co-author of A Very Stable Genius (DB 98392) explores the United States Secret Service, drawing on her ten years of reporting on the agency for the Washington Post. Topics include the agency’s history, acceleration of its protection program after the Kennedy assassination, and various scandals. Bestseller. 2021.

LB           13460    LAST DAYS OF JOHN LENNON     PATTERSON, JAMES, 1947-          

During the Beatles’ controversial 1966 American tour, John Lennon had complained, “You might as well put a target on me.” The Nixon administration did just that, putting Lennon under FBI surveillance. Laments that the agents’ intent focus on the star himself prevented them from detecting Mark David Chapman’s ever-growing obsession with the man. Strong language, some violence, and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2020. Related names: Sherman, Casey, 1969- author.  Wedge, Dave, author.      

LB           13444    EFFORTLESS: MAKE IT EASIER TO DO WHAT MATTERS MOST         MCKEOWN, GREG

Effortless teaches you how to: Turn tedious tasks into enjoyable rituals. Prevent frustration by solving problems before they arise. Set a sustainable pace instead of powering through. Make one-time choices that eliminate many future decisions. Simplify your processes by removing unnecessary steps. Make relationships easier to maintain and manage. The effortless way isn’t the lazy way. It’s the smart way. It may even be the only way. Not every hard thing in life can be made easy. But we can make it easier to do more of what matters most. 2021.              

LB           13458    LAND: HOW THE HUNGER FOR OWNERSHIP SHAPED THE MODERN WORLD           WINCHESTER, SIMON

The author of The Perfectionists (DB 92192) and The Map That Changed the World (DB 52894) explores the concept of property throughout history around the world. He discusses how the world’s land has been acquired, stewarded, fought over, and shared, and explores the impact of land ownership as a concept. Strong language and some violence. 2021.    

LB           13428    LIGHT OF DAYS: THE UNTOLD STORY OF WOMEN RESISTANCE FIGHTERS IN HITLER’S GHETTOS                BATALION, JUDITH         

An account of the accomplishments of the brave Jewish women who became resistance fighters during World War II. Profiles a handful of women and their exploits, including weapons smugglers, couriers, armed fighters, intelligence agents, and saboteurs. Unrated. Bestseller. 2021.

LB           13540    THINGS I SHOULD HAVE SAID      SPEARS, JAMIE LYNN     

The world first met Jamie Lynn as a child star. She spent years escaping into different characters – on All That, Zoey 101, and even in the role as Britney’s kid sister. But as she grew up, faced a teen pregnancy, raised her daughter on her own, pursued a career, and learned to stand on her own two feet, the real Jamie Lynn started to take centre stage – a raw, blemished, and imperfect woman, standing in her own power. Unrated. 2022.

JUVENILE NON-FICTION

LB           13545    GONE TO THE WOODS: SURVIVING A LOST CHILDHOOD      PAULSEN, GARY          

Memoir of the award-winning author of Hatchet (DB 30535), Paulsen’s survival stories reflect the experiences of his turbulent childhood. Paulsen recounts these significant events in his life in five sections: the farm, the river, the ship, thirteen, and soldier. For grades 6-9. 2021.

LB           13541    LIFTING AS WE CLIMB: BLACK WOMEN’S BATTLE FOR THE BALLOT BOX    DIONNE, EVETTE

Black feminist writer and editor traces the history of black women as a force in the suffrage movement and how fellow suffragists did not accept them as equal partners in the struggle. For grades 5-8 and older readers. 2020.

YOUNG ADULT FICTION

LB           13449    GILDED WOLVES               CHOKSHI, ROSHANI        

Paris, 1889. When the elite, ever-powerful Order of Babel coerces treasure hunter and wealthy hotelier Severin to help them find an ancient artifact, he is offered a prize that he never imagined. Severin gathers a band of unlikely experts to help him. Some violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. For senior high and older readers. 2019.

LB           13471    CONFIDENT ME: A BLACK GIRL’S GUIDE TO FINDING HER INNER CONFIDENCE   WILLIAMS, MELODIE               

Being a girl in today’s world is hard enough. With social media constantly projecting an unrealistic image of “perfection” and unrealized happiness, girls face an uphill battle in their mind as they try to navigate their current world. Being a black girl today is even harder. Additional judgements and stereotypes are placed on black girls that can have them suffering from low confidence and self-esteem, wondering if it’s about them, or the color of their skin. Unrated. 2020.