Adjustment Day by Chuck Palahniuk. Young men take on geriatric politicians who are pushing the country toward a third world war.
American by day by Derek Miller. A gripping and timely novel that follows Sigrid, a dry-witted Norwegian detective, from Oslo to the U.S. on a quest to find her missing brother.
Big guns by Steve Israel. From the congressman-turned-novelist comes a comic tale about the mighty firearm industry, a small Long Island town, and Washington politics.
Circe by Madeline Miller. This tells about Circe’s evolution from insignificant nymph to formidable witch best known for turning Odysseus’ sailors into swine.
Date with malice by Julia Chapman. Mystery readers who love to escape to Louise Penny’s village of Three Pines will enjoy becoming acquainted with the town of Bruncliffe and its quirky residents.
Dead girl running by Christina Dodd. Two emotionally damaged characters find hope, self-forgiveness, and love in this modern version of Gaslight that hooks readers and keeps them mesmerized until the end.
The fallen by David Baldacci. Amos Decker, known as the Memory Man, puts his talents toward solving a string of murders in a Rust Belt town.
Family and other catastrophes by Alexandra Borowitz. A wedding weekend tests an eccentric family’s bonds. Humor and heart mix here and it will resonate with anyone who loves their family despite said family’s best efforts.
The flight attendant by Chris Bohjalian. A flight attendant wakes up in the wrong hotel, in the wrong bed, with a dead man – and no idea what happened.
Home for unwanted girls by Joanna Goodman. Philomena meets Orphan Train – the story of a young unwed mother who is forcibly separated from her daughter at birth and the lengths to which they go to find each other.
Line of glory by Thomas Clagett. Although the tale has been told many times, Clagett has done a masterful job of delving into the back stories of the characters involved in the Alamo, both Texan and Mexican.
The listener by Robert McCammon. Race relations are one subject of this seductive slice of supernatural noir set in 1934 New Orleans.
The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner. A woman is separated from her son when she begins two consecutive life sentences in a California correctional facility.
The merry spinster by Mallory Ortberg. A collection of darkly playful stories based on classic fold and fairy tales (but with a feminist spin) that find the sinister in the familiar and the familiar in the alien.
Mile High Murder by Marcia Talley. This mystery takes the reader on a timely and illuminating trip into the often befuddling world of marijuana legislation.
My dear Hamilton by Stephanie Dray. The tale of Alexander Hamilton’s wife – seen growing up in revolutionary New York, passionately entering into marriage, and striving to assure Hamilton’s legacy.
Noir by Christopher Moore. A zany tale set on the mean streets of post-World War II San Francisco, and featuring a diverse cast of characters including a hapless bartender, his Chinese sidekick, a doll with sharp angles and dangerous curves, and a black mamba.
The only story by Julian Barnes. A love affair between a 48 year old and a 19 year old is hardly unheard of, but this reverses gender expectations.
Our little secret by Roz Nay. Grilled by police about the missing wife of her former boyfriend, Angela reveals the fateful story of their love triangle.
The perfect mother by Aimee Molloy. An addictive psychological thriller about a group of women whose lives become unexpectedly connected when one of their newborns goes missing.
River’s child by Mark Seiler. Fasten your seat belt in this fantasy as our spirited heroes ride icebergs from the frozen north, battle wild men, and fall in love while they race to prevent world war.
Robert B. Parker’s old black magic by Ace Atkins. Ironic, tough-but-tender Boston PI Spenser delves into the black market art scene to investigate a decades-long crime of dangerous proportions.
The saint of wolves and butchers by Alex Grecian. A chilling thriller about an enigmatic hunter on the trail of a Nazi who has secretly continued his devilish work here in America.
Scot free by Catriona McPherson. This character-driven romp is sparked by the larger-than-life quirky residents of the Last Ditch Motel, putting this laugh-out-loud whodunit on a par with the early Janet Evanovich.
The Sparsholt affair by Alan Hollinghurst. Explores richly complex relationships between fathers and sons as it spans 7 transformative decades in England, from the 1940s through the present.
Speed the dawn by Philip Donlay. Hundreds of white-hot meteor fragments plunge toward Earth near Monterey Bay. Huge fires ignite the tender-dry landscape, the power grid collapse, and the fires grow. Donovan Nash realizes he is trapped.
The spirit photographer by Jon Varese. Historical suspense about a charismatic con man haunted – perhaps literally – by a ghost from his past.
Tomb of the unknown racist by Blanche Boyd. Explores the intricate world of the white supremacy movement and the treacherous ways that racism shatters families and spreads its dark roots across America.
The Post (2017) starring Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks
Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) starring Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill
The Greatest Showman (2017) starring Hugh Jackman and Michelle Williams
Accidental brothers by Nancy Segal. The riveting story of two sets of identical twins separated at birth and improbably reunited as adults, a dream case for exploring nature and nurture.
Alt-right by Mike Wendling. A vital guide to understanding the racist, misogynist, far-right movement that rose to prominence during Donald Trump’s election campaign.
The big ones by Lucy Jones. A riveting history of natural disasters, their impact on our culture, and new ways of thinking about the ones to come.
Cousins Maine Lobster by Jim Tselikis. From the co-founders of the Cousins Maine Lobster food truck comes a business book revealing to new entrepreneurs how the authors built their brand through integrity and authenticity.
Crafting a patterned home by Kristin Nicholas. Create a unique space that’s all your own – bold and colorful handmade projects to fill your home with pattern.
Darwin comes to town by Menno Schilthuizen. In this delightful account, readers who assume that pigeons, cockroaches, and rats are the only representatives of city biology will learn that it is far more complex. This is an expert romp through urban natural history.
The death and life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan. A landmark work of science, history, and reporting on the past, present and imperiled future of the Great Lakes.
Man vs Baby by Matt Coyne. A fresh take on the bewilderment and joy of having a baby from a rip-roaring new voice, this combination memoir and advice book is sure to charm parents everywhere.
The milk lady of Bangalore by Shoba Narayan. Sincere and laugh-out-loud funny, Narayan’s rich and evocative writing transports readers to the busy streets of Bangalore and a fully formed picture of modern India.
My patients and other animals by Suzanne Fincham-Gray. A moving memoir of a life spent in the company of animals – a veterinarian sheds light on the universal experiences of illness, healing, and how we care for loved ones.
Natural causes by Barbara Ehrenreich. An epidemic of wellness, the certainty of dying, and killing ourselves to live longer…the author explores how we are killing ourselves to live long, but not better.
No immediate danger by William Vollmann. A timely, eye-opening book about climate change and energy generation that focuses on the consequences of nuclear power production.
Our towns by James Fallows. A surprising portrait of the civic and economic reinvention taking place in America, town by town and generally out of view of the national media. A realistically positive and provocative view of the country between its coasts. Eastport, Maine is one of the towns examined.
Two sisters by Asne Seierstad. The riveting story of 2 sisters’ journey to the Islamic State and the father who tries to bring them home. It’s a relentless thriller and a feat of reporting with profound lessons about belief, extremism, and the meaning of devotion.
Waiting for the last bus by Richard Holloway. Now in his 9th decade, the former Bishop of Edinburgh presents a positive, meditative exploration of the many lessons we can learn from death along with forgiving ourselves and others.
Baby Bear’s Book of Tiny Tales by David McPhail
Bear and Wolf by Daniel Salmieri
Funeral by Matt James
Honey by David Ezra Stein
I Am Enough by Grace Byers
Ladybug Girl and the Rescue Dogs by David Soman
Memoirs of a Parrot by Devin Scillian
On the Other Side of the Garden by Jairo Buitrago
Pip & Pup by Eugene Yelchin
This Is the Nest That Robin Built by Denise Fleming
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Car by Kate Dopirak
Wake Up, Baby Bear! by Lynn Plourde
Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World by Ashley Herring Blake
Mystery of the Bear Cub by Tamra Wight
Mystery of the Missing Fox by Tamra Wight
Serpent’s Secret: Kiranmala and the Kingdom Beyond by Sayantani DasGupta
Sky at Our Feet by Nadia Hashimi
Truth as Told by Mason Buttle by Leslie Connor
Who Killed Darius Drake? by Rodman Philbrick
You Go First by Erin Entrada Kelly
A Seal Named Patches by Roxanne Beltran
Bluegrass Boy: The Story of Bill Monroe Father of Bluegrass Music by Barb Rosenstock
Song of the Wild: A First Book of Animals by Nicola Davies
Crafty Cat and the Great Butterfly Battle by Charise Mericale Harper
Mary and the Witch’s Flower (2018) starring Ruby Barnhill and Kate Winslet.
Paw Pals: Summer Rescues (2017) 8 episodes of Paw Patrol.
PJ Masks: Cracking the Case (2018) Join Catboy, Owlette and Gekko on their night time missions into the night to save the day in this fun-packed superhero adventure.
PJ Masks: Let’s Go PJ Masks! (2017) Another superhero adventure with Catboy, Owlette and Gekko.
Notes from Booklist, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, Library Journal, and New York Times Book Review.