Just In – September 2018

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Check our catalog, and place a hold, or ask a Librarian to place a hold for you. You may want to try these well reviewed books that may not make it to the bestseller list, but shouldn’t be missed.

The Mars Room: a novel / Rachel Kushner

A woman begins serving two life sentences at Stanville Women’s Correctional Facility deep in 2003 California’s Central Valley, reflecting on the San Francisco of her youth and her relationship with her young son while navigating the harsh realities of a bare-essentials life of casual violence at the hands of the guards and her fellow inmates.

Cherry / Nico Walker

Rashly marrying his college girlfriend to keep their relationship active during his tour of duty, a college dropout turned army soldier is overwhelmed by the realities of war, PTSD and opioid addiction before forging a desperate plan.

Florida / Lauren Groff

The stories in this collection span characters, towns, decades, even centuries, but Florida—its landscape, climate, history, and state of mind—becomes its gravitational center: an energy, a mood, as much as a place of residence. Groff transports the reader, then jolts us alert with a crackle of wit, a wave of sadness, a flash of cruelty, as she writes about loneliness, rage, family, and the passage of time.

The Incendiaries / R. O. Kwon

A young Korean-American woman at an elite American university is drawn into acts of domestic terrorism by a cult tied to North Korea and then disappears, leading a fellow student into an obsessive search for her.

The Last Hours / Minette Walters

When the Black Death enters England in June of 1348, Lady Anne decides to quarantine her estate of Develish, including two hundred bonded serfs she must bring inside the walls. But with this sudden overturning of the accepted social order, where serfs exist only to serve their lords, conflicts soon arise and a dreadful event threatens the safety of everyone inside the walls.

The Good Mothers: the true story of the women who took on the mafia / Alex Perry

After one abused ‘Ndrangheta wife is murdered for turning state’s evidence, prosecutor Alessandra Cerreti convinces two more mafia wives to testify against one of the most ruthless crime syndicates in the world.

Ohio: a novel / Stephen Markley

On one feverish, fateful summer night in 2013, four former classmates converge on the rustbelt town they grew up in–a region ravaged by the Great Recession, an opioid crisis, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan–each of them with a mission, all of them haunted by regrets, secrets, losses and love.

Three Things About Elsie: a novel / Joanna Cannon

A novel set in England about eighty-four-year-old Florence, a resident in a nursing home, who has fallen in her apartment, leading her to think about her childhood friend and the secrets of their past that are about to come to light.

Who is Vera Kelly? / Rosalie Knecht

New York City, 1962. Vera Kelly is struggling to make rent and blend into the underground gay scene in Greenwich Village. She’s working night shifts at a radio station when her quick wits, sharp tongue, and technical skills get her noticed by a recruiter for the CIA. Next thing she knows she’s in Argentina, tasked with wiretapping a congressman and infiltrating a group of student activists in Buenos Aires. As Vera becomes more and more enmeshed with the young radicals, the fragile local government begins to split at the seams. When a betrayal leaves her stranded in the wake of a coup, Vera learns the Cold War makes for strange and unexpected bedfellows, and she’s forced to take extreme measures to save herself.

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