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Bestsellers - a look back in time...

A Perfect Spy by John le Carre, The Bourne Supremacy by Robert Ludlum, I'll Take Manhattan by Judith Krantz, Break In by Dick Francis, and The Mammoth Hunters by Jean M. Auel were the top selling Fiction books on The New York Times Best Seller List for May 4, 1986.  Read more

National Library Week Contest Winner

Congratulations to Annette T., our National Library Week contest winner! She had the closest guess of how many visitors came to the library last week. The library welcomed 5,730 people during National Library Week.

The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino

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Yasuko Hanaoka is a divorced, single mother who thought she had finally escaped her abusive ex-husband Togashi. When he shows up one day to extort money from her, threatening both her and her teenaged daughter Misato, the situation quickly escalates into violence and Togashi ends up dead on her apartment floor. Overhearing the commotion, Yasuko’s next door neighbor, middle-aged high school mathematics teacher Ishigami, offers his help, disposing not only of the body but plotting the cover-up step-by-step.

New Spanish Fiction

New titles recently added to the Spanish Fiction collection include:

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Historical Fiction

Looking for Historical Fiction? Try one of these titles and take a trip to the past...

The Far Pavilions by M. M. Kaye - British India, Afghan wars

Captain from Castile by Samuel Shellabarger - Spanish Inquisition

Check this list for more Historical Fiction.

The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey by Walter Mosley

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Ptolemy Grey is a 91-year-old man, suffering from dementia. With one foot in the past and the other in the grave, Ptolemy begins to open up when Robyn Small, a 17-year-old family friend, appears and helps clean up his apartment and straighten out his life. A reinvigorated Ptolemy volunteers for an experimental medical program that will restore his mind, but at hazardous cost: he won't live to see 92. With the clock ticking, Ptolemy uses his rejuvenated mental abilities to delve into the mystery of the recent drive-by shooting death of his great-nephew, Reggie, and to render justice the only way he knows how.

Making Toast by Roger Rosenblatt

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When his daughter, Amy—a gifted doctor, mother, and wife—collapses and dies from an asymptomatic heart condition, Roger Rosenblatt and his wife, Ginny, leave their home on the South Shore of Long Island to move in with their son-in-law, Harris, and their three young grandchildren: six-year-old Jessica, four-year-old Sammy, and one-year-old James, known as Bubbies. With the wit, heart, precision, and depth of understanding that has characterized his work, Roger Rosenblatt peels back the layers on this most personal of losses to create both a tribute to his late daughter and a testament to familial love.

Stieg Larsson Readalikes

Looking for something to read while you're on the hold list for Stieg Larsson's The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest? Try one of these mystery/thrillers with lead females similar to Larsson's Lisbeth Salander.

Retribution by Jillian Hoffman

L.A. Outlaws by T. Jefferson Parker

Heartsick by Chelsea Cain

Smilla's Sense of Snow by Peter Hoeg

In the Woods by Tana French

Grant County series by Karin Slaughter, starting with Blindsighted Read more

Redemption in Indigo by Karen Lord

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Paama’s husband is a fool and a glutton. Bad enough that he followed her to her parents’ home in the village of Makende, now he’s disgraced himself by murdering livestock and stealing corn. When Paama leaves him for good, she attracts the attention of the undying ones—the djombi—who present her with a gift: the Chaos Stick, which allows her to manipulate the subtle forces of the world. Unfortunately, a wrathful djombi with indigo skin believes this power should be his and his alone. Redemption in Indigo is a clever, contemporary fairy tale inspired in part by a Senegalese folk tale.

Safe from the Neighbors by Steve Yarbrough

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In his new novel, Yarbrough intertwines James Meredith’s enrollment at Ole Miss with a town’s not-so-admirable response. Decades later, local historian and high-school teacher Luke May struggles with his father’s involvement in Meredith’s enrollment. May also initiates his family’s crumbling. Being a historian, or perhaps simply by being human, May is incapable of forgetting, which he recognizes as both blessing and curse.