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Picked by Jane on Monday, November 21
The story begins at one of the many charity ball events in Palm Beach. For every disease, there seems to be another ball organized and attended by a group of wealthy widows. The organizers are a group of avid supporters of the president of the times. They call themselves the Potussies. When one of the women goes missing at a lavish gala, chaos breaks out. Katherine Pew Fitzsimmons better known as...
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Picked by Mary Anne on Thursday, November 10
Hannah Jones is thrilled to be accepted at Oxford, and as she settles in, feels privileged to be part of such a prestigious university. Hannah even becomes good friends with her roommate, April Clarke-Cliveden, a wealthy socialite who can be kind or cruel, and loves playing practical jokes that are a little over the top, making her more than a few enemies. Hannah arrives home one night and sees a...
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Picked by Jane on Monday, November 07
Travis Devine is a young man that takes the 6:20 commuter train to Manhattan every day. He gets up each morning, does a strenuous workout and then takes the long train ride to a job that he hates. Devine was a West Point graduate, a ranger in the elite Seventy-Fifth Ranger Regiment, he had twin Purples, a Silver Star and slew of other medals and ribbons. He had risen to the rank of Captain and...
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Picked by Mary Anne on Wednesday, October 19
The members of the Thursday Murder Club are at it again, when Cooper’s Chase Retirement Village heats up again with a cold case that turns hot. This is the third installment in Richard Osman’s bestselling series, beginning with The Thursday Murder Club (2020), followed by The Man Who Died Twice (2021). The members of the club aren’t your usual retirees. They meet to study unsolved cold cases, and...
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Picked by Mary Anne on Tuesday, October 18
"In the first line of Ocean State, we learn that a high school student was murdered, and we find out who did it. The story that unfolds from there with incredible momentum is thus one of the build-up to and fall-out from the murder, told through the alternating perspectives of the four women at its heart. Angel, the murderer, Carol, her mother, and Birdy, the victim, all come alive on the page as...
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Picked by Mary Anne on Tuesday, October 18
"Just in time for the centennial celebration of groundbreaking noir fiction writer Patricia Highsmith comes a reissue of her propulsive, engrossing debut, Strangers on a Train, with a new introduction by best-selling author Paula Hawkins. Guy Haines and Charles Anthony Bruno are passengers on the same train. Haines is a successful architect in the midst of a divorce, Bruno a mysterious smooth-...
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Picked by Jen on Tuesday, October 18
"An ordinary man undergoes a startling transformation-and fears that all of humanity may be next-in the mindblowing new thriller from the New York Times bestselling author of Dark Matter and Recursion Logan Ramsay can feel his brain...changing. And his body too. He's becoming something other than himself. Maybe even something other than human. As he sets out to discover who did this to him, and...
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Picked by Colleen on Tuesday, October 18
Celebrated NPR correspondent Nina Totenberg delivers an extraordinary memoir of her personal successes, struggles, and life-affirming relationships, including her beautiful friendship of nearly fifty years with Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
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Picked by Colleen on Tuesday, October 18
   "Horizontal Vertigo: the title refers to the fear of ever-impending earthquakes, which led Mexicans to build their capital city outward rather than upward. With the perspicacity of a keenly observant flâneur, Villoro wanders through the city seemingly without a plan, describing people, places, and things, while brilliantly drawing connections among them, the better to reveal, in all its...
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Picked by Gabby on Tuesday, October 18
Two teens, two diaries, two sordid scandals. All from the same dark place- a serial con artist who betrayed a grieving family, stole a dead boy's identity, and swindled her way to the National Book Awards.
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Picked by Mary Anne on Wednesday, September 07
Shirley Jackson was the prolific author of novels (The Haunting of Hill House, We Have Always Lived in the Castle) and hundreds of short stories. Jackson was known mainly for her writing in the horror and mystery genres.  Life Among the Savages is something else completely! It is a funny, laugh-out-loud story of family life in Vermont in the 1950’s.  Based on Jackson’s own children and family, it...
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Picked by Mary Anne on Tuesday, August 30
Jake Bonner is a writer who was promising when he was young, and published one successful novel, but has failed to come up with another. He is teaching writing at a low-level MFA program when he meets Evan Parker, an arrogant and annoying student. Parker brags about the great novel he will write, and the plot he has discovered that is guaranteed success. He is very protective of his plot, and won...
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Picked by Jane on Tuesday, August 23
This story uses a library setting and is a twisty story-within-a-story. Hannah Tigone is a writer that lives in Australia and is writing a story about woman from Australia living in Boston on a writer’s scholarship. Her name is Winifred Kincaid, known as Freddie to her friends. She is having writer’s block and goes to the Boston Public Library for inspiration. Once there she is completely...
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Picked by Jane on Monday, August 22
The story begins in 1980 with a young woman named Nicole. She is a researcher for Time Inc. and her husband is a lawyer. Over a candle light dinner, he tells her that he has been asked to work in Washington in the State Department by Cyrus Vance. He tells her that there will be a thorough background check of both of them and their families to be sure that there is nothing in their past that could...
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Picked by Jane on Monday, August 15
Sparing Partners is a collection of three novellas with separate story lines and very little in common except that they are all about some aspect of the law. They involve people that practice law and those that run afoul of the law. The first, “Homecoming” takes place in Ford County, a fictional place that many of Grisham’s stories take place in. In this one, Jake Brigance is back. This time he...
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Picked by Jane on Tuesday, July 26
The story begins and ends in Viareggio, Italy with the Cabrelli Family and its stone setting business. It spans four generations and several countries during World War II up to the present time. Matelda, the matriarch of the family, has health issues and knows her time is limited. She is determined to share the long-held secrets of her family, especially about her mother Domenica Cabrelli with...
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Picked by WAP on Monday, July 25
"Offering more than 100 inspired recipes, recipe developer and food stylist Jess Damuck shares her passion for making truly delicious salads. 'Salad Freak' encourages readers to discover and embrace their own salad obsessions. With the right recipes, you will want to eat salad for every meal and never get bored. By playfully combining color, texture, shape, and, of course, flavor, Damuck...
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Picked by WPL on Monday, July 25
"In my book, you will meet a little girl named Viola who ran from her past until she made a life changing decision to stop running forever. This is my story, from a crumbling apartment in Central Falls, Rhode Island, to the stage in New York City, and beyond. This is the path I took to finding my purpose and my strength, but also to finding my voice in a world that didn't always see me. As I...
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Picked by WPL on Monday, July 25
"Kate Burkholder must uncover a family's long-hidden past to solve a brutal murder... When a tornado tears through Painters Mill and unearths human remains, Chief of Police Kate Burkholder finds herself tasked with the responsibility of identifying the bones-and notifying the family. Evidence quickly emerges that the death was no accident and Kate finds herself plunged into a thirty year old case...
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Picked by WPL on Monday, July 25
"A discarded painting in a junk pile, a skeleton in an attic, and the greatest racehorse in American history: from these strands, a Pulitzer Prize winner braids a sweeping story of spirit, obsession, and injustice across American history Kentucky, 1850. Jarrett, an enslaved groom, and a bay foal forge a bond of understanding that will carry the horse to record-setting victories across the South....