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Astonish Me by Maggie Shipstead Astonish Me by Maggie Shipstead

Helping a world-famous dancer to defect from the Soviet Union to the United States, ballerina Joan watches her friend’s career soar while her own declines in the wake of her pregnancy and marriage, a situation that eventually exposes difficult secrets.

Cartwheel by Jennifer DuBois Cartwheel by Jennifer DeBois

When Lily Hayes arrives in Buenos Aires for her semester abroad, she is enchanted by everything she encounters: the colorful surroundings, the street food, the elusive guy next door. Her studious roommate Katy is a bit of a bore, but Lily didn’t come to Argentina to hang out with other Americans. Five weeks later, Katy is found brutally murdered in their shared home, and Lily is the prime suspect.

Casebook by Mona Simpson Casebook by Mona Simpson

Miles Adler-Hart starts eavesdropping to find out what his mother is planning for his life. When he learns instead that his parents are separating, his investigation deepens, and he enlists his best friend, Hector, to help. Their amateur detective work starts innocently but they acquire knowledge that has consequences for the whole family. The boys concoct modes of revenge on their villains that are both hilarious and naive.

From the Ground Up by Jeanne Nolan From the Ground Up by Jeanne Nolan

Jeanne Nolan, a leader in the sustainable food movement, helps us understand the benefits of organic gardening for the environment, our health, our wallets, our families, and our communities. The great news, as Nolan shows us, is that it has never been easier to grow the vegetables we eat, whether on our rooftops, in our backyards, or on our fire escapes.

 Jack of Spies by David Downing Jack of Spies by David Downing

Visiting the great cities of the world while secretly working as a spy, Scottish car salesman Jack McColl seeks to prove himself on the eve of World War I only to encounter deadly adversaries and a suffragette journalist whose Irish-American family is embroiled in a movement Jack’s bosses are fighting.

The Martian by Andy Weir The Martian by Andy Weir

Stranded on Mars by a duststorm that compromised his space suit and forced his crew to leave him behind, astronaut Mark Watney struggles to survive in spite of minimal supplies and harsh environmental challenges that test his ingenuity in unique ways.

Me Before You by JoJo Moyes Me Before You by JoJo Moyes

Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl who has never been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will is acerbic, moody, bossy–but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living. 

NYPD Red 2 by James Patterson NYPD Red 2 by James Patterson and Marshall Karp

After being called to a horrible crime scene in Central Park involving a brutally murdered woman on a carousel, Zach and Kylie, detectives with the elite NYPD Red, must uncover the killer while public pressure builds and personal and professional secrets hang in the balance. 

Night Diver by Elizabeth Lowell Night Diver by Elizabeth Lowell

Returning to the Caribbean island of St. Vincent to help save her family’s treasure-hunting business, financial expert Kate Donnelly must form an uneasy alliance with British military diver Holden Cameron when equipment, treasure and even divers start disappearing into the depths of the ocean. 

The Oprhan Train by Christina Baker Kline Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

A captivating story of two very different women who build an unexpected friendship: a 91-year-old woman with a hidden past as an orphan-train rider and the teenage girl whose own troubled adolescence leads her to seek answers to questions no one has ever thought to ask. A powerful tale of upheaval and resilience, second chances, and unexpected friendship.

 The Returned by Jason Mott The Returned by Jason Mott

All over the world people’s loved ones are returning from beyond. No one knows how or why this is happening. As chaos erupts around the globe, the newly reunited Hargrave family finds itself at the center of a community on the brink of collapse, forced to navigate a mysterious new reality and a conflict that threatens to unravel the very meaning of what it is to be human.

Robert B. Parker's Cheap Shot by Ace Atkins Robert B. Parker’s Cheap Shot by Ace Atkins

Investigating the perpetrators of violent off-field incidents who compromised the public image of a star linebacker before kidnapping his young son, Spenser assembles a team of associates to comb through the underworld of Boston.  

Shotgun Lovesongs by Nickolas Butler Shotgun Lovesongs by Nickolas Butler

The town of Little Wing, Wisconsin is where Hank, Lee, Kip and Ronny were all born and raised. While lifelong bonds are still strong, there are stresses among the friends, between husbands and wives. There will be heartbreak, but there will also be hope, healing, even heroism as these memorable people learn the true meaning of adult friendship and love.  

 Sniper's Honor by Stephen Hunter
Sniper’s Honor by Stephen Hunter

Investigating a World War II Russian sniper who was hunted by both Stalin and Hitler, former marine sniper Bob Lee Swagger wonders why such pains were taken to erase the woman’s records before finding himself targeted by an unknown adversary. 

 Sous Chef by Michael Gibney Sous Chef by Michael Gibney

An executive sous chef who has worked alongside cooks from some of the nation’s leading restaurants documents an intense twenty-four-hour period that illuminates the allures and adversities of a professional culinary life.

 The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

The irascible A. J. Fikry, owner of Island Books, has already lost his wife. Now his most prized possession, a rare book, has been stolen from right under his nose. One night upon closing, he discovers a toddler in his children’s section with a note from her mother saying she can no longer raise her. It doesn’t take long for the locals to notice the transformation of both bookstore and owner, especially to the lovely yet eccentric sales rep, Amelia Loman.

 Vintage by Susan Gloss Vintage by Susan Gloss

Hourglass Vintage in Madison, Wisconsin is a clothing shop, where every garment has a story, just like the women who meet there–a pregnant teenager, an Indian housewife, and a divorcee looking for love–who over the course of a few months come to transform the store and each other.

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