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South of Superior by Ellen Airgood

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Madeline Stone leaves her life in Chicago to return to the place of her birth, a small town on the coast of Lake Superior in Michigan's Upper Penninsula. She takes care of an aging family friend, starts working at the local pizzeria, tries to help settle a dispute at the local grocery store, starts to draw again, and, amidst the dramas of her new friends, and plenty of setbacks, she gradually finds what's missing in her life.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

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It’s the year 2044, and the real world is an ugly place. Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes his grim surroundings by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia that lets you be anything you want to be, a place where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets. And like most of humanity, Wade dreams of being the one to discover the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this virtual world. For somewhere inside this giant networked playground, OASIS creator James Halliday has hidden a series of fiendish puzzles that will yield massive fortune—and remarkable power—to whoever can unlock them.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

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The circus arrives without warning. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night. Behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will.

The Family Fang by Kevin Wilson

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Performance artists Caleb and Camille Fang dedicated themselves to making great art. But when an artist’s work lies in subverting normality, it can be difficult to raise well-adjusted children. For as long as Buster and Annie Fang can remember, they starred (unwillingly) in their parents’ madcap pieces. But now that they are grown up, the chaos of their childhood has made it difficult to cope with life outside the fishbowl of their parents’ strange world.

 

Your Nook and eBooks from the Library Program

Our upcoming program on the Nook and library ebooks has been rescheduled for Wednesday, October 19th at 6:00 pm. This is a great program for those that are thinking about delving into the world of ebooks. We still have open slots, so please call the Adult Reference Desk at 248-618-7693 to register. Hope to see you there!

There But For The by Ali Smith

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At a dinner party in the posh London suburb of Greenwich, Miles Garth suddenly leaves the table midway through the meal, locks himself in an upstairs room, and refuses to leave. An eclectic group of neighbors and friends slowly gathers around the house, and Miles’s story is told from the points of view of four of them: Anna, a woman in her forties; Mark, a man in his sixties; May, a woman in her eighties; and a ten-year-old named Brooke.

Fiction set in Japan

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Summer Reading booklists

Looking for a Novel Destination for Summer Reading? Get out of the heat with books set in Alaska or travel the globe, from South African Fiction to a Touch of the Orient. Curious about Mysteries with a Foreign Setting or Fancy a Trip to England?: there are countless novel destinations awaiting you at the library this summer.

Find out more about the Adult Summer Reading Program.

Fiction set in South Africa

       

Bitter Fruit by Achmat Dangor

Skinner's Drift by Lisa Fugard

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The Story of Beautiful Girl by Rachel Simon

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It is 1968. Lynnie, a young white woman with a developmental disability, and Homan, an African American deaf man, are locked away in an institution, the School for the Incurable and Feebleminded, and have been left to languish, forgotten. Deeply in love, they escape, and find refuge in the farmhouse of Martha, a retired schoolteacher and widow. But the couple is not alone-Lynnie has just given birth to a baby girl. When the authorities catch up to them that same night, Homan escapes into the darkness, and Lynnie is caught. But before she is forced back into the institution, she whispers two words to Martha: "Hide her." And so begins the 40-year epic journey of Lynnie, Homan, Martha, and baby Julia-lives divided by seemingly insurmountable obstacles, yet drawn together by a secret pact and extraordinary love.