The Blacktongue Thief by Christopher Buehlman. Set in a world of goblin wars, stag-sized battle ravens, and assassins who kill with deadly tattoos, this is a dazzling fantasy adventure.
Blush by Jamie Brenner. Three generations of women discover that the scandalous books they read in the past may just be the key to saving their family’s future.
Cheat Day by Liv Stratman. Here are the unexpected consequences of one woman’s attempt to exert control over her entire life by adhering to a strict wellness regimen.
Dead by Dawn by Paul Doiron. Maine game warden Mike Bowditch finds himself in a life-or-death chase.
Dream Girl by Laura Lippman. This conveys the horror of being housebound and reliant on strangers, as well as the fear of losing one’s mind.
Falling by T. J. Newman. You just boarded a flight. There are 143 other passengers on board. What you don’t know is that 30 minutes before the flight your pilot’s family was kidnapped. For his family to live, everyone on your plane must die. The only way the family will survive is if the pilot crashes the plane. Enjoy the flight.
The Girl Who Died by Ragnar Jonasson. A young woman seeks to start a new life in a secluded village where a small community is desperate to protect its secrets.
The Godmothers by Camille Aubray. Four women marry into a prosperous Greenwich Village Italian family, and then must take charge of the family’s business when their husbands are forced to leave them during World War II.
Hostage by Clare MacKintosh. The airborne equivalent of a classic country house mystery. It’s a claustrophobic thriller set over 20 hours on-board the inaugural nonstop flight from London to Sydney.
How Lucky by Will Leitch. A fiercely resilient young man living with a physical disability tries to solve a mystery unfolding right outside his door.
It’s Better This Way by Debbie Macomber. After her marriage ends, one woman’s struggle to pick up the pieces finally leads to a new beginning but is the past truly behind her?
Lights Out in Lincolnwood by Geoff Rodkey. A mordantly funny novel about a suburban family who have to figure out how to survive themselves and their neighbors in the wake of a global calamity that upends all of modern life.
Malibu Rising by Taylor Reid. Four famous siblings throw an epic party of celeb rate the end of the summer. But over the course of 24 hours, their lives will change forever.
People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry. Two best friends. Ten summer trips. One last chance to fall in love.
The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict. The remarkable story of J.P. Morgan’s personal librarian, a Black American woman who was forced to hide her true identity and pass as white to leave a lasting legacy that enriched our nations.
The President’s Daughter by Bill Clinton and James Patterson. Matthew Keating, a past president and former Navy SEAL, goes on his own to find his abducted teenage daughter.
Seven Days in June by Tia Williams. A couple reconnect 20 years after they had a torrid week of love.
Smithy by Amanda Desiree. This original haunted house tale, with a unique plot and vivid characters, moves from uneasy to creepy to all-out “keep the lights on” terror.
Songs in Ursa Major by Emma Brodie. A transporting love story of music, stardom, heartbreak, and a gifted young singer-songwriter who must find her own voice.
Sons of Valor by Brian Andrews. Military thriller fans will be pleased to have a new team to root for.
The Stranger in the Mirror by Liv Constantine. Hiding the fact that she has no memory of her past from her fiancé, Addison – a survivor of a tragic accident – cannot shake the notion that she may have done something very, very bad.
Survive the Night by Riley Sager. A summer read that guarantees to make your heart thump and your skin crawl.
NEW MUSIC CDs
Still Woman Enough by Loretta Lynn
We Are by Jon Batiste
Promising Young Woman (2020) starring Carey Mulligan
Hemingway: a Film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick (2021)
A Quiet Place, Part II (2021) starring Emily Blunt and John Krasinski
Becket (1964) starring Richard Burton and Peter O’Toole
All that She Carried by Tiya Miles. A renowned historian traces the life of a single object handed down through 3 generations of Black women to craft an extraordinary testament to people who are left out of the archives.
American Portrait : The Story Of Us, Told By Us. An inspiriting and striking photographic portrait that captures the tumultuous, historic year that was 2020.
Beautiful Things by Hunter Biden. “I come from a family forged by tragedies and bound by a remarkable, unbreakable love,” Hunter writes in this moving memoir of addiction, loss, and survival.
By the Light of Burning Dreams by David Talbot. America’s second revolutionary generation is brought to life through seven defining radical moments of the 1960s that offer vibrant parallels and lessons for today.
The Lighter Step-By-Step Instant Pot Cookbook by Jeffrey Eisner.
On Juneteenth by Annette Gordon-Reed. The Pulitzer Prize winner weaves together American history with personal memoir to show the importance of events in Galveston, Texas, on June 19, 1865.
Ride of Her Life by Elizabeth Letts. The true story of a woman from Maine who rode her horse across America in the 1950s, fulfilling her dying wish to see the Pacific Ocean.
Sincerely, Your Autistic Child by Emily Ballou. This book is absolutely required reading for parents, educators, and caregivers who interact with anyone on the autism spectrum.
Super Fly by Jonathan Balcombe. The unexpected lives of the world’s most successful insect. This will turn the fly on the wall into the elephant in the room.
Talk Art by Russell Tovey. Everything you want to know about contemporary art presented in an engaging and informative way.
The Woman They Could Not Silence by Kate Moore. An inspiring story of the tireless 19th century woman who fought against gender-based injustices, a vivid look at the life and times of a little-known pioneer of woman’s rights.
Notes from Booklist, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, Library Journal, and New York Times Book Review.