New Arrivals · All Fiction

August 11, 2020
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Beard necessities

August 10, 2020
Reid, Penny, author.
©2019
322 pages ; 23 cm
"Billy Winston's family is going to see him happy and in love if it's the last thing they do. No one deserves a happily-ever-after quite as much as the second oldest Winston brother and his lady love, Claire McClure (aka Scarlet St. Claire). Cruelty and circumstance tore them apart almost twenty years ago. Secrecy and bitterness kept them separated. But you know who's tired of their separation and stubbornness? Everyone. Especially Billy Winston's family. And now they're going to do something about it. Well-meaning interference means the star-crossed lovers can't stop tripping over each other in the hills of Tuscany, the catacombs of Rome, and the waterways of Venice. Billy and Claire find themselves thrown together and at the mercy of the Winston siblings' shenanigans. But will their forced proximity bring them together? Or push them even further apart? This second-chance romance brings back the entire Winston gang, playing cupid in one last story of love, hi-jinks, and family collusion."--Back cover.

Beard with me

August 10, 2020
Reid, Penny, author.
[United States] : [Penny Reid], [2019].
341 pages ; 23 cm.
"No one is better at surviving than Scarlet St. Claire and making the best out of circumstances beyond her control is Scarlet's specialty. In an apocalyptic situation, she'd be the last person on earth, hermitting like a pro, singing along to her CD Walkman, and dancing like no one is watching. Scarlet is clever, Scarlet is careful, and Scarlet is smart . . . except when it comes to Billy Winston. No one is better at fighting than Billy Winston and raging against his circumstances--because nothing is beyond his control--is Billy's specialty. In an apocalyptic situation, he'd be the first person on earth to lead others to safety, overcome catastrophe, or die trying. Billy is fearless, Billy is disciplined, and Billy is honorable . . . except when it comes to Scarlet St. Claire."--Provided by publisher.

Blood on the Chesapeake

August 10, 2020
Overbeck, Randy.
Adams Basin, N.Y.: : Wild Rose Press, 2018.
400 pages ; 21 cm
Wilshire, Maryland, a quaint shore town on the Chesapeake, promises Darrell Henshaw a new start in life and a second chance at love. That is, until he learns the town hides an ugly secret. A thirty-year-old murder in the high school. And a frightening ghost stalking his new office. Burned by an earlier encounter with the spirit world, Darrell doesn't want to get involved, but when the desperate ghost hounds him, he concedes. Assisted by his new love, he follows a trail that leads to the civil rights movement, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and even the Klu Klux Klan. Then, when two locals who try to help are murdered, Darrell is forced to decide if he's willing to risk his life,and the life of the woman he loves, to expose the killers of a young man he never knew.

A private cathedral

August 7, 2020
Burke, James Lee, 1936- author.
New York : Simon and Schuster, 2020.
370 pages ; 25 cm.
"A Dave Robicheaux novel"--Cover
"On his way to visit an inmate at a Texas prison who has promised him information, Detective Dave Robicheaux stops off at an amusement park to watch a teenaged Elvis-like rock-and-roller from his hometown of New Iberia named Johnny Shondell playing to a crowd of swooming young girls. One of them is another New Iberia teenager named Isolde Balangie. The Shondell and Balangie families are longtime rivals in the New Iberia criminal underworld. Yet Johnny and Isolde are in love. And like Romeo and Juliet, Johnny and Isolde are being kept apart by their families. In fact, Isolde tells Robicheaux, her parents have given her to the Shondell patriarch to be used as a sex slave. Seeking to uncover why, Robicheaux gets too close to both Isolde's mother and her father's mistress. As retribution, the elder Balangie orders a mysterious assassin to go after Robicheaux and his longtime partner, Clete Purcell. Yet this is unlike any hitman Robicheaux has ever faced: he has the ability induce hallucinations and might be a time-traveling reptilian."--Provided by publisher.

The mockingbird's song

August 7, 2020
Brunstetter, Wanda E., author.
Uhrichsville, OH : Shiloh Run Press, an imprint of Barbour Publishing, Inc., [2020]
313 pages ; 22 cm.
"In Strasburg, Pennsylvania, grief has paralyzed Sylvia, a young widowed mother, and mysterious events threaten to force the family-run greenhouse to close."--Provided by the publisher.

The midwife murders

August 6, 2020
Patterson, James, 1947- author.
©2020
309 pages ; 22 cm
"1st time in print" --Cover.
"To Senior Midwife Lucy Ryuan, pregnancy is not an unusual condition, it's her life's work. But when two kidnappings and a vicious stabbing happen on her watch in a university hospital in Manhattan, her focus abruptly changes. Something has to be done, and Lucy is fearless enough to try. Rumors begin to swirl, blaming everyone from the Russian Mafia to an underground adoption network. The feisty single mom teams up with a skeptical NYPD detective to solve the case, but the truth is far more twisted than Lucy could ever have imagined.."-- Provided by publisher.

Dead girl blues

August 6, 2020
Block, Lawrence, author.
[Place of publication not identified] : Lawrence Block ; [2020]
209 pages ; 21 cm
"A Lawrence Block production"--Copyright page.
A story "recounted in journal form by its protagonist, and begins when he walks into a roadhouse outside of Bakersfield, California, and walks out with a woman. And rapes and murders her. But, um, not in that order. Right. But it's what he does with the rest of his life that's really interesting..."--Publisher's description.

Paw and order : a dog club mystery

August 5, 2020
Burns, V. M., 1964- author.
©2020
167 pages ; 22 cm
"Howl for murder..."--Cover.
"Lilly's best pal Scarlett "Dixie" Jefferson has done it again! She's convinced eccentric poodle-loving billionaire Archibald Lowry to sponsor a grand fundraiser for the Eastern Tennessee Poodle Rescue. Tragically, it's too late to rescue Lowry, who is murdered at the event. His pet poodle is now orphaned, so Dixie begs Lilly to foster the adorable pup. Of course, she already has a poodle--her beloved Aggie, named after Agatha Christie. Fortunately, Aggie seems to like the new addition to the family, whom Lilly renames Rex, after her second favorite mystery author, Rex Stout. But she's barely welcomed Rex into her home when there's an attempted poodle-nabbing, foiled with Aggie's help. As desperate characters try to get their hands on the canine cutie, Lilly turns to Dixie's dog training class to help her sort through a litter of suspects. Ultimately, she may have to unleash Rex as bait to collar the killer"--Backcover.

In dreaming bound

August 5, 2020
Cheney, J. Kathleen, author.
United States : EQP Books, 2019.
x, 388 pages ; 21 cm
"What does it mean to be bound? Mikael and Shironne have known for a month now that they are bound, but neither truly knows what their future holds. When Shironne is kidnapped, Mikael uses the nascent tie between them to get her back, and to keep her safe, Shironne is placed among the Family in their underground Fortress. As long as she's within those walls, outsiders can't get to her. That leaves Mikael working to discover who would steal her away in the first place. Her ability to creep into others' thoughts, memories, and dreams is unprecedented, but who would be able to use that? And Shironne must deal with a new and frustrating way of life, where contact with adults - including Mikael - is strictly curtailed and her time is constantly monitored. She also has to live among a yeargroup, and the Sixteens are not the calm, unemotional Family she's accustomed to seeing from a distance. They have their own problems and petty jealousies, not too different from her own sisters. Finding her place among them is going to be a challenge. Fortunately, Shironne can access Mikael's thoughts to guide her in her new life... while for some reason, he can't access hers, leaving him without guidance at times when he could definitely use it."--Publisher description.

Being Toffee

August 4, 2020
Crossan, Sarah, author.
New York : Bloomsbury, 2020.
399 pages ; 22 cm
Allison runs away and, in what she thinks is an abandoned house, finds a home with Marla, an elderly woman with dementia who believes her to be an old friend named Toffee.

The dark tide

August 4, 2020
Jasinska, Alicia, author.
©2020
320 pages ; 22 cm
Sixteen-year-old Lina Kirk sacrifices herself to her sinking island's Witch Queen, Eva, to save her brother and her secret crush, but when she and Eva fall in love, everyone is in danger.

River of dreams

August 4, 2020
Nash, Jan, author.
New York : Roaring Brook Press, 2020.
260 pages ; 22 cm.
Awake or asleep, Finn has never though of herself as any kind of hero, but she comes into her power as a Dreamwalker -- people who fight the monsters in other people's dreams -- by realizing her brother in a coma is the one calling out to her.

The pull of the stars : a novel

August 4, 2020
Donoghue, Emma, 1969- author.
©2020
v, 295 pages ; 24 cm
"In an Ireland doubly ravaged by war and disease, Nurse Julia Power works at an understaffed hospital in the city center, where expectant mothers who have fallen sick are quarantined into a separate ward to keep the plague at bay. Into Julia's regimented world step two outsiders, a woman doctor who is a rumored Rebel, and a teenage girl, Bridie, procured by the nuns from their orphanage as an extra set of hands. At first, this Bridie seems unschooled in life, she makes up a bed with only the rubber mat and savors the weak tea and barely edible porridge from the hospital kitchen. But in the intensity of this ward, over three brutal days, Julia and the women come together in unexpected ways."--Publisher.

The devil's bones

August 4, 2020
Haines, Carolyn, author.
New York : Minotaur Books, 2020.
355 pages / 22 cm
"Sarah Booth and Cece are in Lucedale, Mississippi, where the newly-pregnant Tinkie is treating her friends to a girls' weekend at the fabulous new Bexley B&B. The facials, organics, food, and fitness coaches are supposed to be phenomenal, but Tinkie's primary aim is to attend the Sunrise Easter Services at the incredible Palestinian Gardens, a miniature Holy Land that spreads over 20 acres and has recreations of all parts of Jerusalem - and to speak with the Biblical scholar, gardener, and creator of the Palestinian Garden Daniel Reynolds. After waking up at the crack of dawn for the service the three friends wander around the gardens, taking in the wonder of entire cities in miniature and the acres of the Holy Land, with the River Jordan winding through it all. The day is brightening when they find themselves at the Mount of Olives - with a dead body."--Provided by publisher.

The vacation

August 4, 2020
Logan, T. M., author.
©2019
374 pages ; 25 cm
Originally published in Great Britain under the title The Holiday by Zaffre, Bonnier Books UK.
"Four lifelong friends on a luxurious vacation come face-to-face with an explosive secret. It was supposed to be the perfect vacation, dreamed up by Kate as the ideal way to turn 40: four best friends and their husbands and children, spending a week in a luxurious villa under the blazing sunshine of Provence. But there is trouble in paradise. Kate suspects that her husband is having an affair-and that the other woman is one of her best friends. One of these women is willing to sacrifice years of friendship and destroy her family. But which one? As Kate closes in on the truth in the stifling Mediterranean heat, she realizes-too late-that the stakes are far higher than she ever imagined. And someone in the villa may be prepared to kill to keep their lies hidden"--Provided by publisher.

How Lulu lost her mind : a novel

August 4, 2020
Gibson, Rachel, author.
©2020
324 pages ; 21 cm
"Lou Ann Hunter's mother, Patricia, has always had a passionate nature, which explains why she's been married and divorced five times and spooned enough male patients to be ousted from three elderly care facilities. She also has Alzheimer's, which is why she wants to spend her remaining months or years surrounded by memories at her family's decrepit old plantation in Louisiana with her only daughter. Lou Ann, a.k.a. Lulu the Love Guru, has built an empire preaching sex, love, and relationship advice to the women of America - mostly by defying the example her mother has set for her. But with her mother suddenly in need of a fulltime caretaker, Lou Ann reluctantly agrees to step out of the spotlight and indulge her mother's wishes, even if it means trading in her Louboutins and Chanel No. 5 for boots and mosquito repellant. Upon arrival at Sutton Hall, Lou Ann discovers that very little functions at it should, least of all her mother's mind. She is haunted not only by creaky floorboards and things that go bump in the night, but also by the living ghost sleeping downstairs. Every good day Patricia and Lou Ann have treasure hunting in the attic seems to be followed by two days of meltdowns and cold shoulders. And as Lou Ann adjusts to this new and inevitably temporary dynamic, she is forced to confront the fact that her mother's fate is completely out of her hands - and the end may be coming quicker than she even thought possible."--Provided by publisher.

Antkind : a novel

August 4, 2020
Kaufman, Charlie, 1958- author.
©2020
705 pages ; 25 cm
"B. Rosenberger Rosenberg, neurotic and underappreciated film critic stumbles upon a hitherto unseen film by an enigmatic outsider--a film he's convinced will change his career trajectory and rock the world of cinema to its core. His hands on what is possibly the greatest movie ever made, a three-month-long stop-motion masterpiece that took its reclusive auteur ninety years to complete, B. knows that it is his mission to show it to the rest of humanity. The only problem: The film is destroyed, leaving him the sole witness to its inadvertently ephemeral genius. All that's left of this work of art is a single frame from which B. must somehow attempt to recall the film that just might be the last great hope of civilization."--Provided by publisher.

Ask me anything

August 4, 2020
Reizin, P. Z., author.
©2020
356 pages : illustration ; 24 cm
"Daisy Parsloe is a mess. Her job's going badly, her love life is haphazard at best, and her elderly mother seems to be losing her mind. Even Daisy's smart technology appears to be judging her - the last text she received was from her fridge about some moldy potato salad. What Daisy doesn't know is that her appliances are also plotting. They've joined together, across the Internet of Things, to nudge Daisy in the right direction. But it isn't long before their well-meaning interference starts to get noticed and the race is on to find Daisy's Mr. Right before the plugs are pulled."--Provided by publisher.

Barcelona days

August 4, 2020
Riley, Daniel, 1986- author.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2020.
375 pages ; 25 cm
"Whitney and Will are a perfect couple by all appearances, their relationship rock-solid, and their engagement soon to be announced. Before their impending nuptials, however, Whitney suggests a lighthearted experiment: why not give each other three romantic 'free passes' before getting married? Three opportunities to imagine other lives before returning with new appreciation for each other. On what's meant to be the last night of a romantic Barcelona vacation, they agree to regale one another with details of these harmless trysts. They grin and bear it, and fall asleep feeling mostly satisfied, and relieved to be firmly together again. But then a volcano erupts overnight, spewing a cloud of ash across Europe and grounding all flights indefinitely. Trapped in Barcelona, their paths intertwine with a star basketball player, his future dashed by a crippling injury, and a foreign exchange student with a double life, about to return home and face reality. Whitney and Will flirt, provoke, dance, and drink. Over the next three days, they will use and be used by their new friends, once again testing the boundaries of their relationship - but this time, can it survive?"--Publisher.

Blue ticket : a novel

August 4, 2020
Mackintosh, Sophie, author.
©2020
279 pages ; 22 cm
Calla knows how the lottery works. Everyone does. On the day of your first bleed, you report to the station to learn what kind of woman you will be. A white ticket grants you marriage and children. A blue ticket grants you a career and freedom. You are relieved of the terrible burden of choice. And once you've taken your ticket, there is no going back. But what if the life you're given is the wrong one? When Calla, a blue ticket woman, begins to question her fate, she must go on the run. But her survival will be dependent on the very qualities the lottery has taught her to question in herself and on the other women the system has pitted against her. Pregnant and desperate, Calla must contend with whether or not the lottery knows her better than she knows herself and what that might mean for her child.

The choice

August 4, 2020
McAllister, Gillian, author.
©2018
361 pages ; 21 cm
"First published in 2018 by Penguin Books/Penguin UK under the title Anything You Do Say"--Title page verso.
"Joanna is an avoider. So far she has spent her adult life hiding bank statements and changing career aspirations weekly. But then one night Joanna hears footsteps on the way home. Is she being followed? She is sure it's him; the man from the bar who wouldn't leave her alone. Hearing the steps speed up Joanna turns and pushes with all of her might, sending her pursuer tumbling down the steps and lying motionless on the floor. Now Joanna has to do the thing she hates most - make a decision. Fight or flight? Truth or lie? Right or wrong?"--Provided by publisher.

Cool for America : stories

August 4, 2020
Martin, Andrew, 1985- author.
©2020
255 pages ; 22 cm
"Andrew Martin's Cool for America is a hilarious collection of overlapping stories that explores the dark zone between artistic ambition and its achievement."--Provided by publisher.

Crushing it

August 4, 2020
Parker, Lorelei, author.
©2020
261 pages ; 21 cm
To pitch her new role-playing game at a European conference, developer Sierra Reid needs to overcome her terror of public speaking. What better practice than competing in a local bar's diary slam, regaling an audience with old journal entries about her completely humiliating college crush on gorgeous Tristan Spencer? Until the moderator says, "Next up, Tristan Spencer ..." Sierra is mortified, but Tristan is flattered. Caught up in memories of her decade-old obsession as they reconnect, Sierra tries to dismiss her growing qualms about him. But it's not so easy to ignore her deepening friendship with Alfie, the cute, supportive bar owner. She and Alfie were college classmates too, and little by little, Sierra is starting to wonder if she's been focusing her moves on the wrong target all along, misreading every player's motivations. Maybe the only winning strategy is to start playing by her heart

Dear Emmie Blue

August 4, 2020
Louis, Lia, author.
New York : Emily Bestler Books, Atria, 2020.
312 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"A teenager Emmie Blue, releases a balloon with her email address and a big secret into the sky, only to fall head-over-heels for the boy who finds it; now, fourteen years later, the one thing Emmie has been counting on is gone for good, and everything she planned is up in the air"--Provided by publisher.

Destination wedding : a novel

August 4, 2020
Basu, Diksha, author.
New York : Ballantine Books, [2020]
288 pages ; 25 cm
"What could go wrong at a lavish Indian wedding with your best friend and your entire family? Tina Das wants to belong, but she just isn't sure where. India or America? Brooklyn or Bombay? Manhattan or Delhi? Or start from scratch in London--she still has fond memories of her one-night stand with Rocco Gallagher, the handsome Australian, as they traipsed through Covent Garden and Seven Dials, but he never called back so maybe it's time to let that dream go, and focus on finding the next big story for her streaming network instead. She's hoping she'll find it at her cousin's lavish, weeklong Delhi wedding, and has taken her best friend Marianne Laing along for the ride to Delhi's poshest country club, Colebrookes. Marianne has always had international tastes, in life and in love, yet can't help but think of sweet, steady, khaki-clad Tom back home in New York. Also in attendance are Tina's divorced parents: her mother, Radha, who's bringing her American "boyfriend," David, to the wedding, and her father, Neel, who's using the visit to India to explore the idea of dating again, only to discover it and he have both changed completely in the decades he's been away. Infused with warmth, charm, and wicked humor, Destination Wedding grapples with the challenges of work, love, and finding the people who make a place feel like home"-- Provided by publisher.

An elegant woman : a novel

August 4, 2020
McPhee, Martha, author.
©2020
405 pages ; 22 cm
"On a winter day in 1910, at a train station in Ohio, two girls wait in the cold with their mother to begin a new life in the West. Tommy, the eldest, feels responsible for her sister, and in the years to come, as their mother campaigns for women's suffrage and teaches in one-room schoolhouses across Montana, she takes care of Katherine: trapping animals, begging, keeping house, cooking, while her sister goes to school. But as soon as Katherine graduates, Tommy makes a decision that will change the course of both of their lives--separating the two sisters forever, sending one to California and the other to New York. A profound meditation on memory, history, and legacy, an Elegant Woman follows one woman over the course of the 20th century, taking the reader from a drought-stricken farm in Montana to a yellow Victorian in Maine; from the halls of a psychiatric hospital in London to a wedding gown fitting at Bergdorf Goodman; from a house in small town Ohio to a family reunion at a sweltering New Jersey pig roast. Through betrayals, revelations, separations, and reunions, the story illuminates the complexities of class, race, feminism, and family, the sacrifices and compromises that go into making a life."-- Provided by publisher.

Fraternity : stories

August 4, 2020
Nugent, Benjamin, author.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2020.
145 pages ; 22 cm
God -- Basics -- Fan fiction -- Ollie the Owl -- The treasurer -- Cassiopeia -- Hell -- Safe spaces.
"In a Massachusetts college town stands a dilapidated colonial: Delta Zeta Chi. Here, we meet Newton, the beloved chapter president; Oprah, the sensitive reader; Petey, the treasurer, loyal to a fault; Claire, the couch-surfing dropout who hopes to sell them drugs; and a girl known, for unexpected reasons, as God. Though the living room reeks of sweat and spilled beer, the brothers know that to be inside is everything. Fraternity celebrates the debauched kinship of boys and girls straddling adolescence and adulthood: the drunken antics, solemn confessions, and romantic encounters that mark their first years away from home. Beneath each episode lies the dread of exclusion. The closeted Oprah's hero worship gives way to real longing. A combat veteran offers advice on hazing. An alienated young woman searches for a sanctuary. And the shadow of assault hovers over every sexual encounter."--Book flap.

How to save a life : a novel

August 4, 2020
Fenton, Liz, author.
Seatlle, WA : Lake Union Publishing, [2020]
290 pages ; 21 cm
"Dom is having a very bad day--one he literally can't escape. When Dom bumps into Mia, his ex-fiancée whom he hasn't seen in almost a decade, he believes they've been given a second chance and asks her out. When Mia dies tragically on their date, Dom makes a desperate wish: to be given the chance to save her life. And when he wakes the next morning to the shock that she's alive, he thinks his wish may have been granted. But day after day, no matter what he changes about their time together, she still meets a terrible fate. Dom frantically searches for answers to save his beloved Mia and rekindle their former love. But the further he digs, the more obsessed he becomes, making him realize that slowing down time may be the only way to see things clearly. As he's forced to confront the truth about himself and those he's closest to, Dom vows that he'll watch Mia die a thousand times if it means he can save her once."--back cover.

The last curtain call

August 4, 2020
Blackwell, Juliet, author.
©2020
325 pages ; 18 cm
"Mel Turner can't resist the chance to bring the Crockett Theatre, a decrepit San Francisco Art Deco movie palace, back to life. But there's a catch for Turner Construction: Several artists are currently squatting in the building, and they aren't the only ones haunting the once-grand halls of the historic theater. When Mel discovers that the former owner of the Crockett Theatre died under mysterious circumstances, and that there just might be a connection to the ghost haunting her own attic, the case takes a new turn - one that could bring down the curtain for the last time."--Publisher description.

Lucky's Beach : a novel

August 4, 2020
Noble, Shelley, author.
New York : HarperCollins Publishers, 2020.
435 pages ; 21 cm
Includes reading group guide.
"School teacher Julie Barlow and her two best friends, Beth and Aggie, are looking forward to an adults only beach vacation. They've barely hit the road when a frantic call from Julie's mother hijacks their best laid plans. Uncle Tony "Lucky" Costa is missing. Always entertaining, often irresponsible, never reliable, Uncle Lucky was a favorite with her friends. For Julie, for whom he'd been a sometimes surrogate father, not so much. Her mother wants them to take a 'teeny' detour to look for the irascible retired surfer. Julie makes excuses. After all, she was the one who decided she never wanted to see Lucky again. Overruled in this as she is in much of her life, Julie and her friends detour to Lucky's latest scheme, Lucky's Beach Bar and Grill. They find it tucked away in a quaint coastal town on the Delaware coast. With a crescent beach of white sand, large waves, plenty of tanned young men, a lively night life, it's a perfect beach getaway. eth and Aggie see good times ahead, Julie is determined to get through it as quickly as possible. But that will change as she gets to know Lucky's friends and confidantes. The taciturn bartender, the loyal housekeeper, the local fortune teller, the whole town shares a determination to protect him. But from what? Soon Julie and her friends are swept up in an effort to save the town's - and Lucky's - most closely guarded secret. And Julie begins to see her uncle in a new light. Julie Barlow has a few things to learn about life - and love - and sacrifice. Her lesson begins this summer at Lucky's Beach."--Publisher's description.

Miss Graham's Cold War cookbook : a novel

August 4, 2020
Rees, Celia, author.
New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2020]
490, 10 pages ; 21 cm
"P.S. insights, interviews & more..."--Cover.
"Originally published in the United Kingdom in 2020 by HarperCollins UK"--Copyright page.
"World War II has just ended, and Britain has established the Control Commission for Germany, which oversees their zone of occupation. The Control Commission hires British civilians to work in Germany, rebuild the shattered nation and prosecute war crimes. Somewhat aimless, bored with her job as a provincial schoolteacher, and unwilling to live with her overbearing mother any longer, twentysomething Edith Graham applies for a job with the Commission--but she is also recruited by her cousin, Leo, who is in the Secret Service. To them, Edith is perfect spy material...single, ordinary-looking, with a college degree in German. Cousin Leo went to Oxford with one of their most hunted war criminals, Count Kurt von Stavenow, who Edith remembers all too well from before the war. He wants her to find him. Intrigued by the challenge, Edith heads to Germany armed with a convincing cover story: she's an unassuming Education Officer sent to help resurrect German schools. To send information back to her Secret Service handlers in London, Edith has crafted the perfect alter ego, cookbook author Stella Snelling, who writes a popular magazine cookery column. She embeds crucial intelligence within the recipes she collects. But occupied Germany is awash with other spies, collaborators, and opportunists, and as she's pulled into their world, Edith soon discovers that no one is what they seem to be. The closer she gets to uncovering von Stavenow's whereabouts--and the network of German civilians who still support him--the greater the danger"-- Provided by publisher.

Not like the movies : a novel

August 4, 2020
Winfrey, Kerry, author.
©2020
307 pages ; 21 cm
"What happens when your life is a rom-com ... but you don't even believe in true love? Chloe Sanderson is an optimist, and not because her life is easy. As the sole caregiver for her father, who has early onset Alzheimer's, she's pretty much responsible for everything. She has no time-or interest-in getting swept up in some dazzling romance. Not like her best friend Annie, who literally wrote a rom-com that's about to premiere in theaters across America ... and happens to be inspired by Chloe and Nick Velez, Chloe's cute but no-nonsense boss. As the buzz for the movie grows, Chloe reads one too many listicles about why Nick is the perfect man, and now she can't see him as anything but Reason #2: The Scruffy-Bearded Hunk Who's Always There When You Need Him. But unlike the romance Annie has written for them, Chloe isn't so sure her own story will end in a Happily Ever After"-- Provided by publisher.

Open secrets : a novel

August 4, 2020
Kohler, Sheila, author.
New York : Penguin Books, [2020].
254 pages ; 21 cm
"The lies between a husband and wife are revealed, unraveling their family in this thrilling novel that moves between Beaulieu-Sur Mer, Switzerland, and Amagansett. Alice, Michel, and their daughter, Pamela, live a charmed life with a beautiful house on the French Riviera, elegant vacations, and boarding school in Switzerland for Pamela. But when Michel discovers Alice's betrayal in the midst of dealing with a crisis at the bank that he works for, he makes a sudden decision that unravels their family, sending Alice to Amagansett to stay with her artist sister while repercussions of Michel's illicit deals move closer in on Pamela in Switzerland. Open secrets is a sparse but beautifully written suspenseful novel that follows one family as their lies are brought to the surface."-- Provided by publisher.

Or what you will : a novel

August 4, 2020
Walton, Jo, author.
©2020
320 pages ; 22 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates Book."
"He has been too many things to count. He has been a dragon with a boy on his back. He has been a scholar, a warrior, a lover, and a thief. He has been dream and dreamer. He has been a god. But "he" is in fact nothing more than a spark of idea, a character in the mind of Sylvia Harrison, 73, award-winning author of thirty novels over forty years. He has played a part in most of those novels, and in the recesses of her mind, Sylvia has conversed with him for years. But Sylvia won't live forever, any more than any human does. And he's trapped inside her cave of bone, her hollow of skull. When she dies, so will he. Now Sylvia is starting a new novel, a fantasy for adult readers, set in Thalia, the Florence-resembling imaginary city that was the setting for a successful YA trilogy she published decades before. Of course he's got a part in it. But he also has a notion. He thinks he knows how he and Sylvia can step off the wheel of mortality altogether. All he has to do is convince her."-- Publisher's description.

The safe place : a novel

August 4, 2020
Downes, Anna, author.
©2020
353 pages ; 25 cm
"Emily Proudman's life is in chaos. She's just lost her acting agent and her job in one miserable day. Scott Denny has a problem. Even though he's a successful CEO, neither his business acumen nor vast wealth can come close to fixing it. He's at a breaking point. Until he meets Emily. Emily is friendly and agreeable. Emily is desperate. Emily is perfect. Scott offers Emily what seems the perfect summer job as a housekeeper and nanny on his remote French estate. Emily is quickly enchanted by his lovely wife Nina, and even his strange young daughter, and falls headlong into this apparent paradise. But before long, Emily realizes that Scott and his wife are hiding dangerous secrets. And if Emily doesn't play along, the beautiful place they call home might turn out to be a prison from which none of them will ever escape."-- Provided by publisher.

The secret women : a novel

August 4, 2020
Williams, Sheila (Sheila J.), author.
New York : Amistad, [2020]
290 pages ; 21 cm
"A riveting, entertaining, and refreshing take on the mother-daughter dyad and its ensuing complexities"-- Provided by publisher.

True love : a novel

August 4, 2020
Gerard, Sarah, author.
©2020
213 pages ; 24 cm
"Nina is a struggling writer, a college drop-out, a liar, and a cheater. More than anything she wants love. She deserves it. From the burned-out suburbs of Florida to the anonymous squalor of New York City, she eats through an incestuous cast of characters in search of it: her mother, a narcissistic lesbian living in a nudist polycule; Odessa, a single mom with even worse taste in men than Nina; Seth, an artist whose latest show is comprised of three Tupperware containers full of trash; Brian, whose roller-coaster affair with Nina is the most stable 'relationship' in his life; and Aaron, an aspiring filmmaker living at home with his parents, with whom Nina begins to write her magnum opus."--Inside dust jacket.

The vanishing sky : a novel

August 4, 2020
Binder, L. Annette, 1967- author.
©2020
278 pages ; 24 cm
"In 1945, as the war in Germany nears its violent end, the Huber family is not yet free of its dangers or its insidious demands. Etta, a mother from a small, rural town, has two sons serving their home country: her elder, Max, on the Eastern front, and her younger, Georg, at a school for Hitler Youth. When Max returns from the front, Etta quickly realizes that something is not right. He is thin, almost ghostly, and behaving very strangely. Etta strives to protect him from the Nazi rule, even as her husband, Josef, becomes more nationalistic and impervious to Max's condition. Meanwhile, miles away, her younger son Georg has taken his fate into his own hands, deserting his young class of battle-bound soldiers to set off on a long and perilous journey home. The Vanishing Sky is a World War II novel as seen through a German lens, a story of the irreparable damage of war on the home front, and one family's participation-involuntary, unseen, or direct-in a dangerous regime. Drawing inspiration from her own father's time in the Hitler Youth, L. Annette Binder has crafted a spellbinding novel about the daring choices we make for country and for family"-- Provided by publisher.

Watching you without me

August 4, 2020
Coady, Lynn, 1970- author.
©2020
303 pages ; 25 cm
"After her mother's sudden death, Karen finds herself back in her childhood home in Nova Scotia for the first time in a decade, acting as full-time caregiver to Kelli, her older sister. Overwhelmed with grief and the daily needs of Kelli, who was born with a developmental disability, Karen begins to feel consumed by the isolation of her new role. On top of that, she's weighed down with guilt over her years spent keeping Kelli and their independent-to-a-fault mother, Irene, at arm's length. And so when Trevor--one of Kelli's support workers--oversteps his role and offers friendly advice and a shoulder to cry on, Karen gratefully accepts his somewhat overbearing friendship. When she discovers how close Trevor was to Irene, she comes to trust him all the more. But as Trevor slowly insinuates himself into Karen and Kelli's lives, Karen starts to grasp the true aspect of his relationship with her mother--and to experience for herself the suffocating nature of Trevor's "care.""-- Provided by publisher.

You again : a novel

August 4, 2020
Immergut, Debra Jo, author.
New York, NY : Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2020]
268 pages ; 24 cm
Abigail Willard first spots her from the back of a New York cab: the spitting image of Abby herself at age twenty-two--right down to the silver platforms and raspberry coat she wore as a young artist with a taste for wildness. But the real Abby is now forty-six and married, with a corporate job and two kids. As the girl vanishes into a rainy night, Abby is left shaken. Was this merely a hallucinatory side effect of working-mom stress? A message of sorts, sent to remind her of passions and dreams tossed aside? Or something more dangerous?

Truce : a war saga

August 4, 2020
Styles, Toy, 1974- author.
Owings Mills, MD : Cartel Publications, [2020]
265 pages ; 22 cm
"After searching for over a year for his twins Ace and Walid, Mason was alerted to a quiet tree-lined neighborhood. His world is rocked when he not only finds his sons but also his best friend Banks Wales whom he assumed was dead. There is one major problem, Banks has changed. Suffering from extreme memory loss after a botched brain surgery, Banks is transformed into a beautiful woman courtesy of his grandmother, Gina Petit. What happens next is a suspense-drama-filled tale that will leave fans of the War series with dropped jaws."-- Provided by publisher.

After all : a Romancing Manhattan novel

August 4, 2020
Proby, Kristen, author.
©2020
273 pages ; 21 cm
Sequel to: All it takes.
When Carter Shaw's wife died five years ago, he was left to pick up the pieces not only of his own broken heart but also that of his devastated eight-year-old daughter, Gabby. But recently, Carter has noticed women again and soon even begins dating. No one has stuck around for long, mostly thanks to one very angry Gabby. Nora Hayes has worked as Carter's assistant for years. Recently divorced herself, Nora spends many hours at the office and helping Carter with his daughter whom she adores. Despite loving her job and being wrapped up in the Shaw family, Nora's never given her handsome, kind workaholic boss a second thought, especially in the romance department. But, then the snowstorm of the century hits, and Nora finds herself stranded at work with Carter overnight. And suddenly, she sees Carter in a whole new, sexy light. The sadness that's lived in his eyes for so long has now been replaced with pure, unadulterated lust--and Nora isn't quite sure what to do about it. For after the pain of her divorce, she never thought she would give love a second chance.-- Provided by Publisher.

Age of consent

August 4, 2020
Brainerd, Amanda, author.
New York : Viking, 2020.
330 pages ; 22 cm
"A novel" -- cover
"It's 1983. David Bowie reigns supreme, and downtown Manhattan has never been cooler. But Justine and Eve are stuck at Griswold Academy, a Connecticut boarding school. Griswold is a far cry from Justine's bohemian life in New Haven, where her parents run a theater and struggle to pay the bills. Eve, the sophisticated daughter of status-obsessed Park Avenue parents, also feels like an outsider amidst Griswold's preppy jocks and debutantes. Justine longs for Eve's privilege, and Eve for Justine's sexual confidence. Despite their differences, they form a deep friendship, together grappling with drugs, alcohol, ill-fated crushes, and predatory male teachers. After a tumultuous school year, Eve and Justine spend the summer in New York City where they join Eve's childhood friend India. Justine moves into India's Hell's Kitchen apartment and is pulled further into her friends' glamorous lives. Eve, under her parents' ever-watchful eye, interns at a SoHo art gallery and navigates the unpredictable whims of her boss. India struggles to resist the advances of a famous artist represented by the gallery. All three are affected by their sexual relationships with older men and the power adults hold over them, even as the young women begin to assert their independence."--Inside dust jacket.

Alice Knott

August 4, 2020
Butler, Blake, author.
New York : Riverhead Books, 2020.
304 pages ; 23 cm
"Alice Knott lives alone, a reclusive heiress haunted by memories of her deceased parents and mysterious near-identical brother. Much of her family's fortune has been spent on a world-class collection of artwork, which she stores in a vault in her lonely, cavernous house. One day, she awakens to find the artwork destroyed, the act of vandalism captured in a viral video that soon triggers a rash of copycat incidents. As more videos follow and the world's most priceless works of art are destroyed one by one, Alice finds that she has become the chief suspect in an international conspiracy -- even as her psyche becomes a shadowed landscape of childhood demons and cognitive disorder." -- Provided by publisher.

The all-night sun : a novel

August 4, 2020
Zinna, Diane, author.
©2020
323 pages ; 25 cm
"Lauren Cress teaches writing in the international program at a small college outside of Washington, D.C. In the classroom, she is poised, smart, and kind, well-liked by her students and colleagues. But in her personal life, Lauren is troubled and isolated. Still grappling with the sudden death of her parents ten years earlier, she exists at a remove from everyone around her, frozen in time as a grieving teenager. But one day, a new student joins her class: charming, magnetic Siri, who seems to be everything Lauren wishes she could be. As they fall headlong into an all-consuming friendship, Lauren sees a chance to reclaim her lost adolescence. When Siri invites her along on a trip home to Sweden for the summer, Lauren impulsively accepts. But as Lauren starts to find herself drawn to Siri's enigmatic, brooding brother Magnus -- much to Siri's resentment -- she starts to see a new side of Siri: selfish, reckless, self-destructive, even cruel. On the last night of her trip, Lauren accompanies Siri and her friends to a debaucherous outdoor party to celebrate Midsommar's Eve, a night when no one sleeps, boundaries blur, and, under the light of the unsetting sun, things take a dark turn. Ultimately Lauren must finally acknowledge the truth of her relationship with Siri and come to terms with her own tragic past in this gorgeously written, deeply felt debut about the relationships that mold us--for better or for worse."-- Provided by publisher.

Artifact : a novel

August 4, 2020
Heyman, Arlene, author.
©2020
273 pages ; 25 cm
"Born in Michigan in the early 1940s to a taciturn mother and embittered father, Lottie is independent from the start, fascinated with the mysteries of nature and the human body. By age sixteen, she and her sweetheart, cheerful high school sports hero Charlie Hart, have been through a devastatingly traumatic pregnancy. When an injury ends Charlie's football career four years later, the two move to Texas hoping for a fresh start. There, torn between the vitality of the antiwar movement and her family's traditional values, Lottie discovers the joys of motherhood, and reconnects with her interest in biology and experimentation, taking a job as a lab technician. While Charlie's depression pervades their home, Lottie's instinct is toward life; though every step is a struggle, she opts for single motherhood, graduate school, a career, and eventually, a marriage that makes space for all that she is."-- Provided by publisher.

Axiom's end : a novel

August 4, 2020
Ellis, Lindsay, 1984- author.
©2020
372 pages ; 25 cm
"By the fall of 2007, one well-timed leak revealing that the U.S. government might have engaged in first contact has sent the country into turmoil, and it is all Cora Sabino can do to avoid the whole mess. The force driving this controversy is Cora's whistleblower father, and even though she hasn't spoken to him in years, his celebrity has caught the attention of the press, the Internet, the paparazzi, and the government-and redirected it to her. She neither knows nor cares whether her father's leaks are a hoax, and wants nothing to do with him-until she learns just how deeply entrenched her family is in the cover-up, and that an extraterrestrial presence has been on Earth for decades. To save her own life, she offers her services as an interpreter to a monster, and the monster accepts. Learning the extent to which both she and the public have been lied to, she sets out to gather as much information as she can, and finds that the best way for her to find the truth is not as a whistleblower, but as an intermediary. The alien presence has been completely uncommunicative until she convinces one of them that she can act as their interpreter, becoming the first and only human vessel of communication. But in becoming an interpreter, she begins to realize that she has become the voice for a being she cannot ever truly know or understand, and starts to question who she's speaking for-and what future she's setting up for all of humanity"--Provided by publisher.

The best man plan

August 4, 2020
Burton, Jaci, author.
New York : Jove, an imprint of Penguin Random House, 2020.
338 pages ; 18 cm
Three days before Erin Bellini's wedding, her fiancé breaks up with her--in an email! Hurt and embarrassed, she decides to have a fling with veterinarian Jason Callum, who's both the best man and the hottest guy she knows. But Jason wants a lot more than just a one-night stand with the woman he's cared about for years. So he's taking things slow. And hot. And showing Erin what real love can look like. Suddenly Erin finds herself spending a lot more time with Jason than she intended. Feelings she never planned on having again are wrapping around her heart, refusing to let go. Erin isn't sure she can trust her instincts, though. After all, she made a terrible choice with her ex-fiancé. But Jason intends to convince her that he's the best man for her, and that what they have together is a real love that will last forever.--Publisher's description.

The Bright Lands : a novel

August 4, 2020
Fram, John, author.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada : Hanover Square Press, [2020]
473 pages ; 24 cm
"The town of Bentley holds two things dear: its football, and its secrets. But when star quarterback Dylan Whitley goes missing, an unremitting fear grips this remote corner of Texas. Joel Whitley was shamed out of conservative Bentley ten years ago, and while he's finally made a life for himself as a gay man in New York, his younger brother's disappearance soon brings him back to a place he thought he'd escaped for good. Meanwhile, Sheriff's Deputy Starsha Clark stayed in Bentley; Joel's return brings back painful memories--not to mention questions--about her own missing brother. And in the high school hallways, Dylan's friends begin to suspect that their classmates know far more than they're telling the police. Together, these unlikely allies will stir up secrets their town has long tried to ignore, drawing the attention of dangerous men who will stop at nothing to see that their crimes stay buried."--Provided by publisher.

The burden of truth

August 4, 2020
Griffin, Neal, author.
New York : Forge, 2020.
335 pages ; 25 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
"About to graduate high school and join the Army, 18-year-old Omar Ortega's life changes in an instant during one fateful night that leaves him labeled as a cop killer and fighting for his own life, which is now in the hands of law-and-order advocates, community organizers and the public"--Provided by publisher.

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