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An American Marriage An American Marriage / Tayari Jones

 Newlyweds Celestial and Roy, the living embodiment of the New South, are settling into the routine of their life together when Roy is sent to prison for a crime he didn't commit. An insightful look into the lives of people who are bound and separated by forces beyond their control.

Recommended by Currie (7/19)


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Anatomy of a Scandal Anatomy of a Scandal / Sarah Vaughan

 A great read in the age of the "#MeToo movement" -- it shows how everyone surrounding an accused perpetrator and victim(s) are affected by unwanted sexual advances. In this case, a very serious accusation, rape, is made by an aide against a charming, entitled, manipulative politician, who has close ties to the British Prime Minister. The story is told back and forth between present day and 20 years earlier into everyone's youthful past at Oxford. This includes big secrets about the skillful QC (Queen's Court) Barrister for the prosecution of sex crimes in London who is representing the victim. An intelligently written and thought-provoking courtroom thriller.

(Recommended by Karen 9/19)


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Ancillary Justice Ancillary Justice / Ann Leckie

 The first book in a brilliant trilogy. A space opera that is a military thriller, a mystery, and a very complicated love story about sentient starships and hive minds.

“On a remote, icy planet, the soldier known as Breq is drawing closer to completing her quest.
Once, she was the Justice of Toren - a colossal starship with an artificial intelligence linking thousands of soldiers in the service of the Radch, the empire that conquered the galaxy.
Now, an act of treachery has ripped it all away, leaving her with one fragile human body, unanswered questions, and a burning desire for vengeance.” – Goodreads

Recommended by Tova (7/19)


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Billy Boyle Billy Boyle / James R. Benn

 Billy Boyle, a young Irish-American cop from Boston has just made detective - with a little help from his cop relatives and friends - when World War II breaks out. His rabidly anti-English family calls on his mother's distant cousin, Mamie, married to a general, to wangle a staff job for him far from the fighting. But instead of a "safe, cushy" stateside assignment, he is ordered to London, still undergoing the Blitz. His "Uncle Ike" is Dwight D. Eisenhower, plucked from obscurity to command Army forces in Europe, and he wants Billy to be his personal investigator.

Billy, who had never left Boston before he enlisted and was sent to Officer Candidate School, is not sure how good a detective he really is. But when Eisenhower asks Billy to undertake this task, he dutifully sets off for Beardsley Hall, where the Norwegian government in exile, led by King Haakon, is in residence. Accompanied by an aristocratic Polish officer in exile and a beautiful British WREN, his mission is to catch a spy who may have been planted there.

A theft and two murders test Billy's investigative powers, as he comes to grips with the deadly demands of a war he never wanted any part of. To his own surprise - and that of others - Billy proves to be a better detective than any one expected.

Recommended by: Becky (9/19) I'm re-reading the series and relish the historical detail.


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The body in the castle well The body in the castle well / Martin Walker

When Claudia, a young American, turns up dead in the courtyard of an ancient castle in Bruno's jurisdiction, her death is assumed to be an accident related to opioid use. But her doctor persuades Bruno that things may not be so simple. Thus begins an investigation that leads Bruno to Monsieur de Bourdeille, the scholar with whom the girl had been studying, and then through that man's past. He is a renowned art historian who became extraordinarily wealthy through the sale of paintings that may have been falsely attributed--or so Claudia suggested shortly before her death. In his younger days, Bourdeille had aided the Resistance and been arrested by a Vichy policeman whose own life story also becomes inexorably entangled with the case. Also in the mix is a young falconer who works at the Château des Milandes, the former home of fabled jazz singer Josephine Baker. In the end, of course, Bruno will tie all the loose threads together and sees that justice is served--along with a generous helping of his signature Périgordian cuisine.

Recommended by: Becky (6/19) -- Less action than some books in the series, but Walker provides us with another wonderful peek at the history of the region. 


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The Boy With The Cuckoo-clock Heart The Boy With The Cuckoo-clock Heart / Mathias Maizieu

 Edinburgh, 1874. Born with a frozen heart, Jack is near death when his mother abandons him to the care of Dr. Madeleine—witch doctor, midwife, protector of orphans—who saves Jack by placing a cuckoo clock in his chest. And it is in her orphanage that Jack grows up among tear-filled flasks, eggs containing memories, and a man with a musical spine.

Recommended by Cindy (7/19)


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A conspiracy of wolves A conspiracy of wolves / Candace Robb

1374. When a member of one of York's most prominent families is found dead in the woods, his throat torn out, rumours spread like wildfire that wolves are running loose throughout the city. Persuaded to investigate by the victim's father, Owen Archer is convinced that a human killer is responsible. But before he can gather sufficient evidence to prove his case, a second body is discovered, stabbed to death. Is there a connection? What secrets are contained within the victim's household? And what does apprentice healer Alisoun know that she's not telling? Teaming up with Geoffrey Chaucer, who is in York on a secret mission on behalf of Prince Edward, Owen's enquiries will draw him headlong into a deadly conspiracy.

Recommended by: Becky (8/19) 


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Everything Is F*cked: A Book About Hope Everything Is F*cked: A Book About Hope / Mark Manson

 Manson turns his gaze from the inevitable flaws within each individual self to the endless calamities taking place in the world around us. Drawing from the pool of psychological research on these topics, as well as the timeless wisdom of philosophers such as Plato, Nietzsche, and Tom Waits, he dissects religion and politics and the uncomfortable ways they have come to resemble one another. He looks at our relationships with money, entertainment and the internet, and how too much of a good thing can psychologically eat us alive. He openly defies our definitions of faith, happiness, freedom--and even of hope itself.

Recommended by Sara (8/19)


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Hsitory Of The World Map By Map Hsitory Of The World Map By Map

 More than 140 detailed maps tell the story of pivotal episodes in world history, from the first human migrations out of Africa to the space race. Custom regional and global maps present the history of the world in action, charting how events traced patterns on land and ocean--patterns of exploration, discovery, or conquest that created empires, colonies, or theaters of war. Thoughtful organization of information will help you follow the story of civilizations through ancient, medieval, and modern times. But not every page is full of maps. At key points in History Map by Map, broad, sweeping introductions provide a chance to step back and look at entire periods, such as World War II, or to explore overarching themes, such as the Industrial Revolution. Picture spreads, meanwhile, focus on epoch-defining moments or developments, such as fascism and communism, and the invention of printing.

Recommended by Sara (8/19)


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The Last Dog On Earth The Last Dog On Earth / Adrian J. Walker

 Every dog has its day... And for Lineker, a happy go lucky mongrel from London, the day his city falls is finally a chance for adventure. Too bad his master Reg plans to hide himself away from the riots outside... But when an abandoned child shows up looking for help, Reg and his trusty hound must brave the chaos in a journey that will prove not just the importance of bravery, but of loyalty, trust, and finding family in the unlikeliest of places. When the world has gone to the dogs, who will you choose to stand with?

Recommended by Sara (8/19)


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Men Explain Things To Me Men Explain Things To Me / Rebecca Solnit

 In her comic, scathing essay "Men Explain Things to Me," Rebecca Solnit took on what often goes wrong in conversations between men and women. She wrote about men who wrongly assume they know things and wrongly assume women don't, about why this arises, and how this aspect of the gender wars works, airing some of her own hilariously awful encounters. She ends on a serious note-- because the ultimate problem is the silencing of women who have something to say, including those saying things like, "He's trying to kill me!" This book features that now-classic essay with six perfect complements, including an examination of the great feminist writer Virginia Woolf 's embrace of mystery, of not knowing, of doubt and ambiguity, a highly original inquiry into marriage equality, and a terrifying survey of the scope of contemporary violence against women.

Recommended by Currie (7/19)


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Murder In Mayfair Murder In Mayfair / D.M. Quincy

 After rescuing a woman, Lilliana, who was being auctioned off by her husband in a small country village in 1810 England, Atlas Catesby must work to help her to clear her name after the husband is found murdered. Similar authors: Tracy Grant; Deanna Raybourn; C.S. Harris.

Recommended by Tova (8/19)


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The night window The night window / Dean Koontz

In the fifth installment of an ongoing story, wrongly dishonored FBI agent Jane Hawk faces her worst fear in her lonely fight against an evil male conspiracy embedded in the halls of power: the abduction of her son, Travis. The ruthless enemy, called the Techno Arcadians, have been scrubbing people of their memories and their identities with nanotech implants and turning many of them into robotic servants and sex slaves. To keep Travis safe while she goes after them, doing all she can to evade their sophisticated surveillance systems, Hawk has hidden him with friends in Arizona. Beautiful, brilliant, and supertough, she gains a valuable running partner in lovable pal Vikram Rangnekar, a recently resigned FBI employee who has acquired a pile of government secrets with his 'back door' hacking skills. 

Recommended by: Louise (6/19)


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Once Upon A River Once Upon A River / Bonnie Jo Campbell

 Bonnie Jo Campbell has built her new novel like a modern-day craftsman from the old timbers of our national myths about loners living off the land, rugged tales as perilous as they are alluring. Without sacrificing any of its originality, this story comes bearing the saw marks of classic American literature, the rough-hewn sister of The Leatherstocking Tales, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and Walden.

Recommended by Cindy (7/19)


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The Only Woman In The Room The Only Woman In The Room / Marie Benedict

 This powerful historical fiction is based on the little known story of Hedy Lamarr. Hedy was not only a glamorous actress, the ex-wife of an Austrian arms dealer, and ultimately key to the allied forces efforts to defeat the Nazi party, but also the brilliant scientist who invented the foundational piece of communications technology upon which today's world of smartphones is built.

Recommended by Krysti (7/19)


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The spies of Shilling Lane The spies of Shilling Lane / Jennifer Ryan

Mrs. Braithwaite, the self-appointed queen of her English village, finds herself dethroned, despised, and dismissed at the age of fifty following her husband's selfish divorce petition. And, to make matters worse, a family secret is now at risk of being revealed. Undeterred, she sets off hotfoot to London to find the only person she has left: her clever daughter, Betty, who took work there at the first rumbles of war. But when she arrives, Betty's landlord, the timid Mr. Norris, informs her that Betty hasn't been home in days. And with the chaos of the bombs, there's no telling what might have befallen her. Aghast, Mrs. Braithwaite turns her bullish determination to the task of rescuing her only daughter. Storming into the Blitz, Mrs. Braithwaite drags along the reluctant Mr. Norris as an unwitting sidekick as they piece together Betty's unexpectedly chaotic life. As Mrs. Braithwaite is thrown into the midst of danger and death, she is forced to rethink her old-fashioned notions of status, class, and reputation and to reconsider the question which has been puzzling her since her world was overturned: How do you measure the success of your life?

Recommended by: Becky (7/19)


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Wake Of Vultures Wake Of Vultures / Lila Bowen

 A fast paced fantasy of destiny, death, and the supernatural world hiding beneath the surface. Nettie Lonesome lives in a land of hard people and hard ground dusted with sand. She's a half-breed who dresses like a boy. A stranger attacks her. When nothing, not even a sickle to the eye can stop him, Nettie stabs him through the heart with a chunk of wood, and he turns into black sand. And just like that, Nettie can see. But her newfound sight is a blessing and a curse. The world is full of evil, and now she knows the source of all the sand in the desert. Haunted by the spirits, Nettie has no choice but to set out on a quest that might lead to her true kin... if the monsters along the way don't kill her first. A fun series to get lost in.

Recommended by Tova (8/19)


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Wild pitch Wild pitch / A.B. Guthrie, Jr

 After Buster Hogue is shot at the annual town picnic, plenty of motives appear, but no clues point to the sniper. A lot of people had reason to dislike Hogue or even to wish him dead because of personal and unhappy experience, but grudges don't count in the absence of evidence.

Chick Charleston, the small-town Montana sheriff, has had no experience with this kind of case, the county not having been inclined to homicidal endeavors. Neither does his county office have the gadgets to ferret out the criminal. But he has patience, persistence, a sense of humor, and a sharp understanding of human nature. He also has a keen assistant in seventeen-year-old Jason Beard, pitcher for the Midbury baseball team and amateur detective, who takes notes and acts as Watson to Charleston's Holmes. In the violent and surprising finale, young Jase plays a saving hand.

There is humor in these pages, even earthy hilarity, but at no cost to mystery and suspense. Against the western background he knows so well, A. B. Guthrie Jr. has created a very human and believable sleuth in Chick Charleston, and in Jason Beard a singularly engaging narrator, whose accounts of local characters such as Loose Lancaster, Doc Yak, and old Mrs. Jenkins are guaranteed to entertain the reader.

Recommended by: Becky (7/19)

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