Plain Bad Heroines by Emily M. Danforth

Plain Bad Heroines is two stories that are intertwined- one story takes us back to 1902, to a scene of tragedy at an all-girls school, and the other to the present day filming of a horror movie based on those …


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#VeryFat #VeryBrave by Nicole Byer

If you don’t like profanity or photographs of ladies wearing bikinis, don’t read #VeryFat #VeryBrave. Nicole Byer’s book has a target audience, and it’s not you.

#VeryFat #VeryBrave is a funny, vulgar book about valuing yourself over societal beauty …


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Home Before Dark by Riley Sager

Readers looking for all the thrills of a ghost story without any body horror should check out Home Before Dark by Riley Sager.

Thanks to her father’s book, House of Horrors, Maggie Holt attained infamy at the age of …


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On the Horizon by Lois Lowry

I know Lois Lowry mostly as the Young Adult author of The Giver, she’s been around a long time!  This book was inspired by Lowry’s home movie where the USS Arizona was in the background—it was a ship bombed …


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Hench by Natalie Zina Walschots

Superheroes and villains need temp-workers too – who else is going to maintain the social media accounts?

Anna is hired to build a database, but soon finds herself promoted to fieldwork (in this case, standing in the background while a …


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The Bell in the Lake by Lars Mytting

Set in Norway in the 1880s, this novel is part history lesson, part romance, part haunting.

When the local pastor decides to sell the seven hundred year old village stave church to the German government to be reconstructed in Dresden, …


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Three Celebrity Kids Book

Many famous people write books for kids. Here are three from last year that were written by an actress, a talk show host, and a pair of political figures.

The World Need More Purple People by Kristen BellActress Kristen …


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The Defined Dish by Alex Snodgrass

It’s January, a time when many library patrons place their holds on Whole30 and paleo-friendly cookbooks for help with their resolutions.

If you’re looking for Whole30 recipes, check out The Defined Dish by Alex Snodgrass, available as a physical cookbook …


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You Had Me at Hola by Alexis Daria

A telenovela veteran and soap opera sensation fall in love in Alexis Daria’s You Had Me at Hola.

Ashton and Jasmine land leading roles on a new Netflix show, Carmen in Charge. Ashton needs this role to catapult …


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Mother Land by Leah Franqui

When New York native and newlywed Rachel moves to Mumbai with her Indian-born husband Dhruv, the last thing she expects is the arrival of her mother-in-law, Swati, suitcases in hand.

Rachel’s big adventure is turned on its head when the …


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A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson

Pippa Fitz-Amobbi is a highly precocious and dedicated teenager who chooses to solve a murder as her senior capstone project. The town put the case to bed five years earlier when their chief suspect, the victim’s boyfriend, committed suicide.

Pippa …


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The Seed of Compassion by the Dalai Lama XIV

This is an autobiographical storybook about the Buddhist and spiritual leader the Dalai Lama (the fourteenth Dalai Lama of Tibet). This is a role for which he was chosen when he was a very young child, around 1940.

We see …


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Luster by Raven Leilani

23-year-old Edie begins her affair with Eric with high hopes. He’s twice her age, has a respectable job and nice car, looks good and has an excellent command of grammar. He’s also white with a wife and kid in the …


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Basketful of Heads by Joe Hill and Leomacs

In the new graphic novel from horror writer (and son of Stephen King) Joe Hill and artist Leomacs, it’s the end of the summer and June Branch is visiting Brody Island to meet up with her boyfriend, Liam. Liam has …


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One of Us in Next by Karen McManus

“The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars, One of Us Is Lying is the story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive. Everyone is a suspect, and everyone has something to hide.


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The Empress of Salt and Fortune by Nghi Vo

The cleric and historian Chih is sent record the happenings in the court of the new Empress when the news breaks that Lake Scarlet, a location forbidden to visit by In-Yo, the previous Empress, is now open to visitors. Chih …


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The Sacrifice of Darkness by Roxanne Gay

Primarily known for her books of social commentary and feminist essays and her opinion contributions to the New York Times, Roxanne Gay’s writing career has actually been very diverse. From novels and short stories, all the way to comics.

Along …


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Five Total Strangers by Natalie D. Richards

Mira’s on her way home to New Jersey from her elite west coast art high school when winter weather forces her flight to land early. It’s the anniversary of her aunt’s death so she’s desperate to get home. She doesn’t …


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The Silence by Susan Allott

It’s 1990 London and Isla Green is being called home to Australia. Her father is under suspicion in the disappearance thirty years earlier of their next door neighbor.

It’s 1960s and police officer Joe Mallory has a job he truly …


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A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik

A Deadly Education is a dark school-of-magic book, where magic users are targeted by all the darker creatures of the world during their pubescent years. Their safest option is… not that safe: a boarding school literally set apart from the …


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