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August 16, 2016

ADULT FICTION

THE WEEKENDERS by Mary Kay Andrews. Some people stay all summer long on the idyllic island of Belle Isle, North Carolina. Others come only for the weekends, and the mix between the regulars and “the weekenders” can sometimes make the sparks fly. Riley Griggs has a season of good times with friends and family ahead of her on Belle Isle when things take an unexpected turn. While waiting for her husband to arrive on the ferry one Friday afternoon, Riley is confronted by a process server who thrusts papers into her hand. And her husband is nowhere to be found. So she turns to her island friends for help and support, but it soon becomes clear that each of them has her own secrets, and the clock is ticking as the mystery deepens…in a murderous way. Now Riley must find a way to investigate the secrets of Belle Isle, the husband she might not really know, and the summer that could change everything.

WORD GETS AROUND by Lisa Wingate. Lauren Eldridge thought she’d wiped the dust of Daily, Texas, off her boots forever. Screenwriter Nate Heath thought he was out of second chances. Life’s never that predictable, though. Cajoled by her father, Lauren is back in town helping train a skittish race horse set to star in a Hollywood film. But the handsome screenwriter gives her more trouble than the horse. And Nate is realizing there’s a spark of magic in the project—and in the eyes of the girl who is so good with horses. Daily, Texas, has a way of offering hope, healing, and a little romance just when folks need it most.

THE CONVENIENT GROOM by Denise Hunter. She wrote the book—literally—on finding the right mate. But does she really understand what love’s all about? Five hours before her Nantucket beach wedding—and on the eve of her big book launch—celebrity marriage counselor Kate Lawrence has everything in place. Everything, that is, but the groom. She might not have a career, either, when her nationwide audience finds out their marriage guru has been left at the altar. Enter Lucas Wright, who offers to stand in for the missing husband-to-be and marry her. Kate’s desperate enough to agree—though she’s sure this Mr. Wright is completely wrong for her. But can they pull it off? And why would Lucas marry her in the first place? Could it be that “Dr. Kate” doesn’t know the first thing about love?

ADULT NON-FICTION

LETTING GO OF THE PERSON YOU USED TO BE by Lama Surya Das. The beloved American lama, a spiritual leader whose inimitable light and lively universal teaching style has awakened the spirituality of thousands, now shares an enlightened approach to change and loss, dealing with difficult emotions such as fear, grief, and anger, and the role of crisis in uncovering our authentic selves. Full of personal stories, anecdotes, practical exercises, and guided meditations and reflections, this book addresses life’s most universal difficulties in a way that is accessible to all. By using memorable concepts, Surya Das reminds readers that hiding from change and loss is futile. Learning to consciously accept and embrace change leads to a better understanding of ourselves and our own innate divine light. A voice of clarity in difficult times, Surya Das offers timeless wisdom in a timely message of hope helpful for us today and tomorrow.

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August 9, 2016

ADULT FICTION

WHENEVER YOU COME AROUND by Robin Lee Hatcher. Charity Anderson turned her back on Kings Meadow years ago, with good reason, and has avoided visits to her hometown whenever possible. But with her house in Boise damaged by floodwaters and a book deadline bearing down, staying in her parents’ empty home seems her only option. However, being back in Kings Meadow dredges up a painful secret, and old fears threaten to overwhelm her. Charity’s former high school classmate Buck Malone never left town, instead sacrificing his dreams to take care of his family. Now he enjoys an uncomplicated life as a wilderness guide and confirmed bachelor. The last thing on his mind is settling down. When Charity’s dog causes an accident that leaves Buck with a broken ankle and wrist at the start of prime tourist season, Charity has little choice but to render aid while he recuperates. Soon Buck becomes the inspiration for Charity’s hero, both on the page and off. Can he also help her face and overcome her fears so they might find their own happily ever after?

ADULT NON-FICTION

THE BAFFLE BOOK by Lassiter Wren and Randle McKay. If you revel in the sport and spirit of armchair criminal investigation, this is just your cup of poisoned orange pekoe. Here are fifteen old-fashioned but wonderfully challenging “detective puzzles,” the unraveling of which requires you to develop your latent powers of observation and deduction. In words, charts, and diagrams, these authors put you at the crime scene and present you with the facts established by the police. What do you observe? Which are the telltale clues? And how will you answer the questions posed at the end of each problem: “Who stole the emerald?” “Where did the gang plan to meet?” “In what city had the amnesia victim once worked? Each question is scored to degree of difficulty, with a perfect score of ten points per puzzle. And if you find you are stumped, you can turn to the back of the book, where the answers are printed (but upside-down, to deter you from giving up too easily). Don’t cheat: you’ll only spoil the fun!

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HARRY POTTER AND CURSED CHILD by J.K. ROWLING. It was always difficult being Harry Potter, and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and a father of three school-age children. While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present collide, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: Sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

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August 2, 2016

ADULT FICTION

DEFENDER by Diana Palmer. When Paul Fiore disappeared from Isabel Grayling’s life, he told himself it was for all the right reasons. She was young and innocent, and he was her millionaire father’s lowly employee. Three years later, Paul is the FBI agent assigned to Isabel’s case. Too late, he realizes what life in her Texas mansion was really like back then—and how much damage he did when he left. Once love-struck and sheltered, Isabel has become an assistant district attorney committed to serving the law, no matter how risky it gets. But right now, the man she can’t forgive is the one thing standing between her and a deadly stalker. She knows Paul won’t hesitate to protect her life with his own. But if she can’t trust herself to resist him, how can she trust him not to break her heart all over again?

TOM CLANCY – DUTY AND HONOR by Grant Blackwood. Even though he’s on forced leave from the clandestine intelligence group known as The Campus, Jack Ryan, Jr., still finds himself caught in the crosshairs after an attempt on his life is thwarted when he turns the tables on his would-be dispatcher. Convinced that the attack is linked to his recent covert actions, Jack sets out to discover who wants him dead, and why. Using clues found on the now dead assassin, Jack pursues the investigation, following a growing trail of corpses to the European Union’s premier private security firm, Rostock Security Group, and its founder, Jurgen Rostock—a former general in the German Special Forces Command. Rostock is world-renowned as a philanthropist and human rights advocate. However, Jack soon learns the truth: The man is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. And something in Jack’s past has put him squarely in Rostock’s lethal and relentless crosshairs.

SEARCHING FOR BEAUTIFUL by Jennifer Probst. Devoted surgeon Genevieve MacKenzie has planned every detail of her high-profile wedding—except for the runaway bride part…Moments before marrying the handsome hospital chief who appeared to be her perfect match, Gen sneaks out a church window. Also unplanned, landing in the arms of her tattooed bad-boy best friend, Wolfe, who whisks her away to a cozy cabin for some downtime while he handles damage control. But their comfortable bond is complicated by one explosive kiss that sets their desire on a slow burn. And when Gen makes a fresh start with a job at Kinnections, the hot matchmaking agency in Verily, New York, she and Wolfe need to discover something about their own connection: Will platonic perks outmatch the risks of getting burned—by playing with the fires of passion?

ADULT NON-FICTION

ONE-POT CHOCOLATE DESSERTS by Andrew Schloss. Forget everything you ever learned about making and baking chocolate desserts. Using Schloss’s time-saving one-pot method, all you need are a pot, a spoon, and a pan to make these fifty delicious chocolate creations. Gone are the electric mixer, the arsenal of bowls and utensils, the sifting of dry ingredients, and the separating of eggs. Instead, mix all the ingredients in one pot and pour the batter into a pan. That’s it. Every layer cake, brownie, tart, and mousse is ready to pop into the oven in less than ten minutes.

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July 26, 2016

ADULT FICTION

NIGHT AND DAY by Iris Johansen. Forensic sculptor Eve Duncan risked it all to protect Cara Delaney from the enemies who want her dead. The journey has led them from California to a remote mountain in the Scottish Highlands—and earned Eve the distinction of becoming their next target. When, despite all precautions, Cara is taken, Eve must hunt down the very people who want to kill her in order to save the young girl. At a time in her life when she has more at stake than ever before, she doesn’t hesitate to put it all on the line in a pulse-pounding mission of rescue and survival.

PRESUMED PUZZLED by Parnell Hall. A shocking crime of passion has Bakerhaven buzzing! The Puzzle Lady gets more than she bargained for when she’s hired to track down Paula Martindale’s straying husband. She finds him, all right—hacked to pieces on his living room rug, while his blood-drenched wife haunts the crime scene clutching a butcher knife. It’s a tough spot for attractive young attorney Becky Baldwin. Paula is presumed innocent until proven guilty, but try to find one juror who’s going to think so. It’s up to Cora to find the evidence to save the day. She has just two problems: She’s a witness for the prosecution, and every bit of evidence she finds in Paula’s favor, from crossword puzzles to Sudoku to alibi witnesses, tends to indicate that Cora herself is the killer!

THE SECRET OF PEMBROOKE PARK by Julie Klassen. Abigail Foster is the practical daughter. She fears she will end up a spinster, especially as she has little dowry, and the one man she thought might marry her seems to have fallen for her younger, prettier sister. Searching for more affordable lodgings, Abigail and her father move into Pembrooke Park, an old manor house which has been abandoned for eighteen years. The handsome local curate welcomes them, but the only information he offers is a stern warning: Beware trespassers drawn by rumors that Pembrooke Park contains a secret room filled with treasure. This catches Abigail’s attention and she begins looking for this supposed treasure. But eerie sounds in the night and footprints in the dust reveal she isn’t the only one secretly searching the house. Then Abigail begins receiving anonymous letters, containing clues about the hidden room and startling discoveries of the past. As old friends and new foes come calling at Pembrooke Park, secrets come to light. Will Abigail find the treasure and love she seeks…or very real danger?

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July 19, 2016

ADULT FICTION

MAGIC by Danielle Steel. It starts on a summer evening, with the kind of magic found only in Paris. Once a year in the City of Light, a lavish dinner takes place outside a spectacular landmark—the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, Notre Dame…a new setting each time. Selected by secret invitation, the guests arrive dressed in white, with tables and chairs, white linens, flowers, fine china, sparkling crystal, and an elegant dinner. As the sun sets, thousands of candles are lit. And when the night is over, hundreds of white paper lanterns, each with a flame within, bearing everyone’s fervent wishes, are released into the sky. Amid the wondrous White Dinner, a group of close friends stands at the cusp of change. Jean-Philippe and Valerie Dumas are devoted to each other, but a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity in China may lead to separation—and temptation. Power couple Benedetta and Gregorio Mariani project strength—but Gregorio has a weakness that will ignite a crisis in their marriage. Chantal Giverny and Dharam Singh are paired for the evening. They arrive as friends, but their paths will be set on dramatically different courses before the White Dinner ends.

THE BLACK WIDOW by Daniel Silva. He is a member of ISIS and they call him Saladin…a man so elusive that even his nationality is not known. Shielded by sophisticated encryption software, his network communicates in total secrecy, leaving legendary spy Gabriel Allon blind to his planning and leaving him no choice but to insert an agent into the most dangerous terrorist group the world has ever known. At Gabriel’s behest she will pose as an ISIS recruit in waiting, a ticking time bomb, a black widow out for blood. Her perilous mission will take her around the globe before eventually ended up in Washington, DC, where the ruthless Saladin is plotting an apocalyptic night of terror that will alter the course of history.

AMONG THE WICKED by Linda Castillo. Chief of Police Kate Burkholder is called upon by the sheriff’s department in rural upstate New York to assist on a developing situation that involves a reclusive Amish settlement and the death of a young girl. Unable to penetrate the wall of silence between the Amish and “English” communities, the sheriff asks Kate to travel to New York, pose as an Amish woman, and infiltrate the community. Kate’s longtime love interest, State Agent John Tomasetti, is dead set against her taking on such an unorthodox assignment. But Kate can’t turn her back, especially when the rumor mill grinds with disturbing accounts of children in danger. She travels to New York, where she’s briefed and assumes her new identity as a lone widow seeking a new life. Kate infiltrates the community and goes deep undercover. In the coming days, she uncovers a world built on secrets and a series of shocking crimes and finds herself alone…and trapped in a fight for her life.

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July 12, 2016

ADULT FICTION

THE GAMES by James Patterson & Mark Sullivan. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil—home to beautiful white-sand beaches, gorgeous women, stunning natural beauty, and the world’s largest Carnival celebration—knows how to throw a party. So it’s a natural choice to host the biggest spectacles in sports—the World Cup and the Olympics. The organizers of the games turn to Jack Morgan, head of the firm Private, for the security at the events. Two years after the action nearly spilled from the field to the stands during soccer’s World Cup, Jack is back in Rio for the Olympics. But before the cauldron is even lit, the only thing more intense than the competition is the security risk. When prominent clients he’s supposed to be protecting disappear, and bodies mysteriously start to litter the streets, Jack is drawn deep into the heart of a ruthless underworld populated by disaffected residents trying to crash the world’s biggest party. As the opening ceremonies near, with the whole world watching in horror, Jack must sprint to the finish line to defuse a threat that could decimate Rio and turn the games from a joyous celebration into a deadly spectacle.

THE CHARMERS by Elizabeth Adler. When Mirabella Matthew’s Aunt Jolly dies unexpectedly and under mysterious circumstances, Mirabella suddenly finds herself the new owner of a villa in the South of France. But with the inheritance come unexpected mysteries…and dangers. On her way to the villa, Mirabella is run off the road by a motorcycle, and that’s just the beginning. It turns out that Aunt Jolly had a past, and as the various men who were a part of it show up, Mirabella must find out who can be trusted and who is using charm to mask the face of a murderer.

YOU TOO CAN HAVE A BODY LIKE MINE by Alexandra Kleeman. A woman known only as A lives in an unnamed American city with her roommate, B, and boyfriend, C, who wants her to join him on a reality dating show called That’s My Partner! A eats mostly popsicles and oranges, watches endless amounts of television, often just for the commercials—particularly the recurring cartoon escapades of Kandy Kat, the mascot for an entirely chemical dessert—and models herself on a standard of beauty that exists only in such advertising. She fixates on the fifteen minutes of fame a local celebrity named Michael has earned after buying up a Wally’s Supermarket’s entire, and increasingly ample, supply of veal. Meanwhile, B is attempting to make herself a twin of A, who in turn hungers for something to give meaning to her life. Maybe something like what’s gotten into her neighbors across the street, the family who’s begun “ghosting” themselves beneath white sheets and whose garage door features a strange scrawl of graffiti: HE WHO SITS NEXT TO ME, MAY WE EAT AS ONE.

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July 5, 2016

ADULT FICTION

MISS EMILY by Nuala O’Connor. Eighteen-year-old Ada Concannon is the plucky new maid for the respected but eccentric Dickinson family of Amherst, Massachusetts. Despite their difference in age and the upstairs-downstairs divide, Ada, newly arrived from Ireland, strikes up a deep friendship with thirty-six-year-old Emily Dickinson, the gifted middle child. Miss Emily is of great support as Ada struggles to find her place in this new world, but Emily’s passion for words begins to dominate her life. She will wear only white and avoids the world outside the Dickinson homestead. When Ada’s safety and reputation are threatened, however, Emily must face down her own demons to help her friend, with shocking consequences.

44 SCOTLAND STREET by Alexander McCall Smith. 44 Scotland Street – home to some of Edinburgh’s most colorful characters. There’s Pat, a twenty-year-old who has recently moved into a flat with Bruce, an athletic young man with a keen awareness of his own appearance. Their neighbor, Domenica, is an eccentric and insightful widow. In the flat below are Irene and her appealing son Bertie, who is the victim of his mother’s desire for him to learn the saxophone and Italian—all at the tender age of five. Love triangles, a lost painting, intriguing new friends, and an encounter with a famous Scottish crime writer are just a few of the ingredients that add to this delightful and witty portrait of Edinburgh society.

SWITCH by Megan Hart. Don’t think, don’t question, just do. The anonymous note wasn’t for me. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not in the habit of reading other people’s mail, but it was just a piece of paper with a few lines scrawled on it, clearly meant for the apartment upstairs. It looked so innocent, but decidedly—deliciously—it was not. Before replacing the note—and the ones that followed—in its rightful slot, I devoured its contents, suggestions, instructions, and commands. Each one was more daring, more intricate and more arousing than the last…and I followed them all to the letter. Before the notes, if a man had told me what to do, I’d have told him where to go. But submission is an art, and there’s something oddly freeing about doing someone’s bidding…especially when it feels so very, very good. But I find that the more I surrender, the more powerful I feel—so it’s time to switch up roles. We play by my rules now.

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