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  • Book cover for The Fervor: A Novel

    The Fervor: A Novel

    by Katsu, Alma

    May 2, 2022

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    Meiko is the Japanese wife of Jamie Briggs, a white US Air Force pilot fighting in World War II. Meiko, and her daughter Aiko, are “residents” of the Minidoka internment camp in Idaho. A few days ago, an unscheduled truck came to the camp. The residents are told to stay away from the truck and guards are posted around it. It leaves shortly after whatever was inside is unloaded under the cover of darkness. Shortly after the truck leaves, residents of the camp begin to become ill.Fran Gurstwold is a journalist for a small newspaper in Lincoln, Nebraska. While staying in a cabin near Lake... Read Full Review

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    by Ashton, Edward

    April 4, 2022

    Call Number: SF

    Mickey Barnes NEEDS to get off Midgard, the colony planet on which he has lived his entire life. Because staying on Midgard is not an option, he takes the only avenue open to him: he volunteers to be the “expendable” on Midgard’s first outgoing colony ship, the Drakkar. An “expendable” is the member of the crew designated as expendable for dangerous, difficult, and/or terminal activities. The body of the expendable is scanned and their memories are copied, allowing for the expendable to be duplicated, with all but their most recent memories intact, when needed.Dying isn’t easy or fun, but it... Read Full Review

  • Book cover for Secret Identity

    Secret Identity

    by Segura, Alex

    March 29, 2022

    Call Number: M

    In 1975, the comic book industry is struggling. It has survived, mostly, Frederic Wertham’s criticisms and claims regarding a causal relationship between reading comics and becoming a juvenile delinquent in Seduction of the Innocent. But there have been casualties. Readership is down. Publishers are closing. Writers and artists are left scrambling for available positions. And yet, amazing things are happening in the industry. Marvel has created, and is developing, characters that will define the industry in future decades. Artists like Jack Kirby, who will work at both DC and Marvel... Read Full Review

  • Book cover for The City We Became

    The City We Became

    by Jemisin, N. K.

    March 1, 2022

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    N.K. Jemisin is a multiple award-winning, speculative fiction writer. Currently, she resides in Brooklyn, New York and, as evidenced by her novel, The City We Became, she LOVES the “Big Apple”.Every century or so, a city will “manifest”, it becomes a living thing, an entity of its own. This has happened several times throughout history: Hong Kong, Paris, and São Paulo are all “living” cities. The transition can be fraught with peril and, if it doesn’t go well, the city, and all of its inhabitants may be destroyed. New York is on the brink of becoming more. But when the time comes,... Read Full Review

  • Book cover for Redwood and Wildfire

    Redwood and Wildfire

    by Hairston, Andrea

    February 23, 2022

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    Redwood Phipps is an African-American girl. Aidan Wildfire Cooper is a Seminole Irish young man. The two are brought together by a hateful act of racial violence, which affects both of them for the remainder of their lives. But both are determined to keep the event from defining them. In Redwood and Wildfire, Andrea Hairston follows these characters as they live, grow, learn how to navigate the world in which they live, and challenge what they can, in order to create the world in which they want to live.Spanning 15 years and ranging from a small community in rural Georgia to the... Read Full Review

  • Book cover for Real Easy

    Real Easy

    by Rutkoski, Marie

    January 24, 2022

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    One woman murdered. Another woman missing. A police detective traumatized by her recent past. An unidentified killer. Was this their first victim or the latest in a series of murders? Will they strike again? If so, when?In Real Easy, Marie Rutkoski, who has been known until now for her outstanding children’s and young adult literature, makes her debut as an author of adult fiction in a thrilling novel that will not only challenge readers’ abilities to solve the crime, but their preconceptions as well.The primary setting for Real Easy is a strip club in rural Illinois and all... Read Full Review

  • Book cover for The adventure of the peculiar protocols : adapted from the journals of John H. Watson, M.D.

    The adventure of the peculiar protocols : adapted from the journals of John H. Watson, M.D.

    by Meyer, Nicholas, 1945-

    January 18, 2022

    Call Number: LT M

    In 1974, author and soon to be screenwriter and director Nicholas Meyer published his first novel: The Seven-Per-Cent Solution. It was a Sherlock Holmes pastiche that not only covered the foiling of a kidnapping plot, but famously chronicled Holmes’ recovery from addiction, with the help of Sigmund Freud. Over the decades, Meyer has written two other Holmes novels: 1976’s The West End Horror and 1993’s The Canary Trainer. Now Meyer is back with another previously untold story of the great detective, one that is characterized in the author’s introductory note as “the... Read Full Review

  • Book cover for The Mary Shelley Club

    The Mary Shelley Club

    by Moldavsky, Goldy

    December 27, 2021

    Call Number: YA

    Last year, Rachel Chavez survived a home invasion. In an attempt to provide her with a new start, her mother, who teaches at Manchester Prep, an affluent Manhattan high school, moves them from their Long Island house to a Brooklyn apartment and enrolls Rachel at Manchester Prep.Since the attack, Rachel has found comfort in watching horror movies and become a horror fan. Being the new girl, the survivor of a violent attack, and a horror fan are not typically a winning combination for fitting in at a new school. But her observation of an anomalous act at a party leads her to discovering the... Read Full Review

  • Book cover for Girly Drinks: A World History of Women and Alcohol

    Girly Drinks: A World History of Women and Alcohol

    by O'Meara, Mallory

    December 20, 2021

    Call Number: 663.109 O55

    We all know what a “girly drink” is: a drink that is sweet, brightly colored, generally served in a stemmed glass and often with an umbrella or some other type of decoration. “Serious” drinks, drinks for men, do not have or need these accoutrements. Can women not enjoy bourbon, scotch or whiskey? Are there no men that enjoy a daiquiri or a cosmopolitan? When, and how, did drinking become a gendered act? Mallory O’Meara, the author of 2019’s excellent The Lady from the Black Lagoon, is back with Girly Drinks: A World History of Women and Alcohol, an ambitious, timely, and... Read Full Review

  • Book cover for Under the Whispering Door

    Under the Whispering Door

    by Klune, TJ

    December 15, 2021

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    Wallace Price is a successful, driven attorney, and a founding partner of a powerful law firm. He is a person of privilege with everything he wants or needs, and then suddenly, he isn’t. Wallace dies unexpectedly. He was not particularly old and was in fairly good health, although his heart clearly had the final word on that subject.At his funeral he meets Mei, who is a Reaper. She explains his new “status” and escorts him from the city, in which he lived and worked, to a small town, and ultimately to a place called Charon’s Crossing Tea and Treats. It is here that Mei introduces Wallace to... Read Full Review

  • Book cover for A Quilt for David

    A Quilt for David

    by Reigns, Steven

    November 29, 2021

    Call Number: 811 R361-2

    On September 3, 1990, Dr. David Acer, a dentist who worked in Jensen Beach, Florida, died from complications from AIDS. Four days after his death, Kimberly Bergalis, a young woman who was also HIV+, accused Dr. Acer of infecting her with the AIDS virus during a recent visit to his practice. Ms. Bergalis also claimed that she was a virgin and that the only way she could have become infected was through her contact with Dr. Acer. Ultimately, Ms. Bergalis was joined by seven other individuals who all claimed that their HIV infections were the result of being treated by Dr. Acer.In spite of it... Read Full Review

  • Book cover for Out of Character

    Out of Character

    by Albert, Annabeth

    November 17, 2021

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    In last year’s Conventionally Yours, Annabeth Albert took readers on a virtual roadtrip, while the country was in lockdown, so that they could join tabletop gamers Alden, Conrad, and Jasper as they made their way from New England to Las Vegas for Massive Odyssey Con West, the annual national gathering and competition for Odyssey players. When Jasper is forced to return home due to a family emergency, Alden and Conrad continue on their journey to Massive... Read Full Review