New YA Fiction

Booked by Kwame Alexander: Soccer, family, love, and friendship, take center stage as twelve-year-old Nick learns the power of words as he wrestles with problems at home, stands up to a bully, and tries to impress the girl of his dreams.

Riverkeep by Martin Stewart: When 15-year-old Wulliam’s father is possessed by a dark spirit, Wull must care for him and take on his family’s mantle of Riverkeep, tending the Danek. Wull finds out there is a cure for his father’s illness, and embarks on an epic journey to kill the great sea-dwelling beast known as the mormorach.

Cradle and All by James Patterson: Anne Fitzgerald, a former nun turned private investigator, is hired by the Archdiocese of Boston to investigate two immaculate conceptions as terrifying forces of light and darkness gather.

The Walking Dead: Call to Arms by Robert Kirkman: After being betrayed by members of his own community, Rick Grimes charts a new course and marshals his forces against the Whisperers.

The Midnight Star by Marie Lu: When a new danger appears, Adelina’s forced to revisit old wounds, putting not only herself at risk, but every Elite. In order to preserve her empire, Adelina and her Roses must join the Daggers on a perilous quest — though this uneasy alliance may prove to be the real danger.

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo: Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties.

Moon Chosen by P.C. Cast: Mari is an Earth Walker, heir to the unique healing powers of her Clan, but she has cast her duties aside until she is chosen by a special animal ally, altering her destiny forever. When a deadly attack tears her world apart, Mari reveals the strength of her powers and the forbidden secret of her dual nature as she embarks on a mission to save her people.

Fight Club 2 by Chuck Palahniuk: Ten years after starting Project Mayhem, Sebastian lives a mundane life. A kid, a wife. Pills to keep his destiny at bay. But it won’t last long, the wife has seen to that. He’s back where he started, but this go-round he’s got more at stake than his own life

All We Have Left by Wendy Mills: In interweaving stories of sixteen-year-olds, modern-day Jesse tries to cope with the ramifications of her brother’s death on 9/11, while in 2001, Alia, a Muslim, gets trapped in one of the Twin Towers and meets a boy who changes everything for her as flames rage around them.

The Fever Code by James Dashner: Reveals how Thomas and WICKED built the Maze against the backdrop of an apocalyptic world.

New Fiction

Pushing Up Daisies by M.C. Beaton: When a wealthy land developer who had been planning to turn a community garden into a housing estate winds up dead, Agatha Raisin is hired by the victim’s accused son to clear him of suspicion and identify the real killer among numerous suspects.

The Life She Wants by Robyn Carr: Emma Shay Compton’s life is shattered by a husband who stole his client’s money, so she returns to her hometown and finds that starting over isn’t easy in a place full of unhappy memories and people she’d rather not face, especially Riley Kerrigan. Riley and Emma were like sisters–until Riley betrayed Emma, ending their friendship.

Winter Storms by Elin Hilderbrand: Some of the stormy weather of the past few seasons seems to have finally lifted for the Quinns. That doesn’t mean there aren’t a few dark clouds on the horizon as the family juggle health scares and love triangles. But if there’s one holiday that brings the Quinn family together, it’s Christmas, especially as they prepare to host Kevin and Isabelle’s wedding at the inn.

Orphan X by Gregg Hurwitz: It is said that when he is reached by the truly desperate and deserving, the Nowhere Man can and will do anything to protect and save them. Evan Smoak is a man with skills, resources, and a personal mission to help those with nowhere else to turn. Now, however, someone is on his tail with similar skills and training. Someone who knows Orphan X and its covert operation.

The Obsidian Chamber by Douglas Preston: After a harrowing, otherworldly confrontation on the shores of Exmouth, Massachusetts, Special Agent A.X.L. Pendergast is missing, presumed dead. Sick with grief, his ward, Constance, retreats to her chambers beneath the family mansion at 891 Riverside Drive — only to be taken captive by a shadowy figure from the past.

Escape Clause by John Sandford: Two large, and very rare, Amur tigers have vanished from their cage at the Minnesota Zoo, and authorities are worried sick that they’ve been stolen for their body parts. Traditional Chinese medicine prizes those parts for home remedies, and people will do extreme things to get what they need. Some of them are a great deal more extreme than others.

Manitou Canyon by William Kent Krueger: When a man camping in Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness goes missing, and the official search ends with no recovery in sight, Cork is asked by the man’s family to stay on the case. And when Cork goes missing as well, his family struggles to uncover the mystery behind the disappearances, while racing against an oncoming winter storm.

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult: Two white supremacists and don’t want Ruth, a black nurse, to touch their baby. The hospital complies, but the baby later goes into cardiac distress when Ruth is on duty. She hesitates before rushing to perform CPR. When her indecision ends in tragedy, Ruth finds herself on trial, represented by a public defender who warns against bringing race into a courtroom.

New Nonfiction

Footnotes from the World’s Greatest Book Stores by Bob Eckstein: True tales and lost moments from book buyers, booksellers, and book lovers.

The Daily Stoic by Ryan Holiday: The Daily Stoic offers a daily devotional of Stoic insights and exercises, featuring translations from the Emperor Marcus Aurelius, the playwright Seneca, or slave-turned-philosopher Epictetus, as well as lesser-known luminaries like Zeno, Cleanthes, and Musonius Rufus.

The Soul of Christmas by Thomas Moore: Moore reminds us that Christmas offers an opportunity to get in touch with our own mystical side, to recreate the Nativity in our hearts and to experience what is possible if human beings really loved each other.

Filthy Rich by James Patterson: Jeffrey Epstein rose from humble origins to the rarefied heights of New York City’s financial elite. But even after he had it all, Epstein wanted more. And that unceasing desire–especially a taste for young girls–resulted in his stunning fall from grace. Filthy Rich examines all sides of a case that scandalized one of America’s richest communities.

The Terror Years by Lawrence Wright: Eleven powerful pieces first published in The New Yorker recall the path terror in the Middle East has taken from a more peaceful time in 1990s Israel to the recent beheadings of reporters by ISIS.

Skinnytaste Fast and Slow by Gina Homolka: Shares over one hundred recipes for dishes that are easy to prep, whether for cooking in the oven, on the stovetop or in a slow cooker, including such options as Korean-style beef tacos, pizza-stuffed chicken roll-ups, and peach-strawberry crumble.

Textile Collage by Mandy Pattulo: Discover a new way to reuse old fabrics and textile to create beautiful collages – including quilts, clothes, portraits and books.

Eye Candy by Linda Mason: Provides photographs and descriptions of fifty-five makeup designs for eyelids and lashes, with information on the colors, brushes, and techniques used to achieve each look.

Sully by Chesley Sullenberger: When Captain “Sully” Sullenberger skillfully glided US Airways Flight 1549 onto the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 passengers and crew, his actions not only averted tragedy, but made him a hero. Sully’s story is one of dedication, hope, and preparedness, revealing the important lessons he learned through his life, in his military service, and in his work as an airline pilot.

Rise of the Rocket Girls by Nathalia Holt: In the 1940s and 50s, when the Jet Propulsion Laboratory needed quick-thinking mathematicians, they didn’t turn to male graduates. Rather, they recruited an elite group of young women who, with only pencil, paper, and prowess, transformed rocket design, helped bring about the first American satellites, and made the exploration of the solar system possible.

New Holiday Reads

santaChristmas Caramel Murder by Joanne Fluke: The holidays have arrived, and Hannah and her good pal Lisa have agreed to provide all the goodies for the town’s annual production of A Christmas Carol. But before anyone can say “Bah, humbug!” a Santa-sized sack full of trouble ensues.

Christmas in Paris by Anita Hughes: A week before her wedding, Isabel Lawson calls it off and then heads to Paris alone where he is determined to use her time in the city of lights wisely. After a chance encounter with a fortune teller, and a close call with a taxi, she starts to question everything she thought was important.

A Baxter Family Christmas by Karen Kingsbury: As Christmas nears, John Baxter makes a bold gesture–he invites a stranger to share Christmas Eve dinner with his family. But not just any stranger. This woman is the recipient of his daughter Erin’s heart. John knows the invitation will impact each of his adult kids and their families. But will they choose to embrace their guest?

Twelve Days of Christmas by Debbie Macomber: Friendly and bubbly, Julia Padden likes nearly everyone, but her standoffish neighbor, Cain Maddox, presents a particular challenge. When Julia catches Cain stealing her newspaper from the lobby of their apartment building, that’s the last straw. Julia decides to break his resolve to be standoffish by killing him with kindness.

Eggnog Murder: A trio of murder stories by Leslie Meier, Lee Hollis, and Barbara Hoff where eggnog is used as a means to three most vicious ends.

The Twelve Dogs of Christmas by David Rosenfelt: Defense lawyer Andy Carpenter’s friend Martha takes in stray puppies that the local dog rescue center can’t handle. With Christmas just around the corner, one of Martha’s neighbors has just reported her to the city for having more than the legal number of pets in her home under the local zoning laws.

Crepe Factor by Laura Childs: While scrapbook shop owner Carmela Bertrand and her best friend Ava browse the booths at the Winter Market, the last thing the ladies expect to see is a restaurant critic stabbed by a serving fork, dying in front of them. The prime suspect is New Orleans restaurateur Quigg Brevard–who was seen giving the critic a tongue-lashing minutes before someone stuck a fork in him.

The Christmas Secret by Wanda Brunstetter: Elizabeth Canning discovers an awful secret in her deceased mother’s diary. Believing her chances for a happy marriage are spoiled, she leaves her fiancé a letter and flees town. Anticipating a Christmas Eve wedding with Elizabeth, David Stinner is confused by her letter and desperate to find her.

The Christmas Town by Donna VanLiere: Lauren Gabriel spent many years of her childhood in foster homes, wishing her mother would come back for her and be the family she needs. When she witnesses a car accident she is suddenly pulled into the small town of Grandon. Could this town and its people be the home she has always longed for?

 

New Fiction

Rock with Wings by Anne Hillerman: Doing a good deed for a relative offers the opportunity for Sergeant Jim Chee and his wife, Officer Bernie Manuelito, to get away. But two cases call them back from their vacation and separate them—one near Shiprock, and the other at iconic Monument Valley.

Broken Trust by W.E.B. Griffin: The Camilla Rose that Matt Payne had known as a teenager was beautiful and brilliant–how was it possible she’d jumped to her death from her own balcony? Her brother says she was battling a lifetime of mental demons, but something just doesn’t sit right. Reputations are on the line here, and lives–and if Payne isn’t careful, one of them may be his own.

Commonwealth by Ann Patchett: Commonwealth is the story of two broken families and the paths their lives take over the course of 40 years, through love and marriage, death and divorce, and a dark secret from childhood that lies underneath it all.

Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple: Eleanor Flood is going to re-examine her life, clean up her act, get dressed, only change into yoga clothes for yoga, which today she will actually attend, and be a better version of herself, all in one day. Until everything falls apart.

The Kept Woman by Karin Slaughter: With the discovery of a murder at an abandoned construction site, Will Trent of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation is brought in on a case that becomes much more dangerous when the dead man is identified as an ex-cop. Evidence soon links Will’s troubled past to the case… and the consequences will wreak havoc for Will and everyone around him.

The Family Plot by Cherie Priest: The Family Plot is a haunted house story for the ages-atmospheric, scary, and strange, with a modern gothic sensibility to keep it fresh and interesting-from Cherie Priest, a modern master of supernatural fiction.

All the Little Liars by Charlaine Harris: Aurora Teagarden is basking in the news of her pregnancy when disaster strikes her small Georgia town: four kids vanish from the school soccer field in an afternoon. Aurora’s 15-year-old brother Phillip is one of them.

The Trespasser by Tana French: Being on the Murder Squad is nothing like Detective Antoinette Conway dreamed it would be. Her new case looks like yet another by-the-numbers lovers’ quarrel gone bad. Soon she wonders if the case is another step in the campaign to force her off the squad, or are there darker currents flowing beneath its polished surface?

When the Music’s Over by Peter Robinson: Two women. Two crimes. The first is a poet claiming she was assaulted decades earlier by a man now regarded as one of the country’s national treasures. And the second is a girl found on a remote roadside. For Alan Banks, the first case rips a tunnel into long-ago days. And in the victim, he sees an opportunity for magic recaptured.

New DVDs

movie nightFree State of Jones: The story of defiant Southern farmer, Newt Knight, and his extraordinary armed rebellion against the Confederacy.

Warcraft: The peaceful realm of Azeroth stands on the brink of war as its civilization faces a fearsome race of invaders: orc warriors fleeing their dying home to colonize another. As a portal opens to connect the two worlds, one army faces destruction and the other faces extinction. From opposing sides, two heroes are set on a collision course that will decide the fate of their family, their people, and their home.

The Huntsman: Winter’s War: As a war between rival queen sisters Ravenna and Freya escalates, Eric and fellow warrior Sara, members of the Huntsmen army raised to protect Freya, try to conceal their forbidden love as they combat Ravenna’s wicked intentions.

Criminal: The memories and skills of a CIA agent are implanted into the brain of a dangerous criminal in order to stop an international terrorist.

Criminal Intelligence: After he reunites with an old school pal through Facebook, a mild-mannered accountant is lured into the world of international espionage

The Boy: Greta is hired to nanny an eight-year-old life-sized doll that the parents care for just like a real boy, as a way to cope with the death of their actual son twenty years prior. After violating a list of strict rules, a series of disturbing and inexplicable events bring Greta’s worst nightmare to life, leading her to believe that the doll is actually alive.

Money Monster: TV host Lee Gates and his producer Patty, are put in an extreme situation when an irate investor who has lost everything forcefully takes over their studio. During a tense standoff broadcast to millions on live TV, Lee and Patty must work furiously against the clock to unravel the mystery behind a conspiracy at the heart of today’s fast-paced, high-tech global markets.

X-Men: Apocalypse: After the re-emergence of the world’s first mutant, world-destroyer Apocalypse, the X-Men must unite to defeat his extinction level plan.

Captain America: Civil War: After another incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability. The new status quo fractures the Avengers, resulting in two camps, one led by Steve Rogers and his desire for the Avengers to remain free, and the other following Tony Stark’s decision to support government oversight and accountability.

Independence Day: Resurgence: Using recovered alien technology, the nations of Earth have collaborated on an immense defense program to protect the planet. But nothing can prepare people for the aliens’ advanced and unprecedented force. Only the ingenuity of a few brave men and women can bring the world back from the brink of extinction

New Fiction Titles

Hag-seed by Margaret Atwood: Felix, a theatre producer, attempts to exact revenge for the past through a prison theatre course where Felix and his inmate actors will put on his version of the Tempest and snare the traitors who destroyed him. It’s magic! But will it remake Felix as his enemies fall?

Winter’s Child by Margaret Coel: Myra and Eldon Little Shield found an abandoned baby on their doorstep. Five years later, they are determined to adopt until someone tries to derail the process. Vicky soon unravels a connection –only to uncover one of the darkest secrets in Wind River’s history.

Pirate by Clive Cussler: An 800-year-old treasure. An ancient cypher wheel. A brutal murder. And a man who will stop at nothing to claim what he considers rightfully his. Never have Sam and Remi Fargo faced an adversary as determined as the one before them now.

Nutshell by Ian McEwan: Trudy has betrayed her husband, John. She’s still in the marital home–a dilapidated, priceless London townhouse–but John’s not here. Instead, she’s with his brother, the profoundly banal Claude, and the two of them have a plan. But there is a witness to their plot: the inquisitive, nine-month-old resident of Trudy’s womb.

Woman of God by James Patterson: From a difficult childhood with drug addled parents, to a career as a doctor on the front lines in Sudan, to a series of trials that test her faith at every turn, Brigid Fitzgerald’s convictions and callings have made her the target of all those who fear that the Church has lost its way–dangerous adversaries who abhor challenges to tradition.

Two by Two by Nicholas Sparks: At 32, Russell Green is living the dream, and his marriage to the bewitching Vivian is the center of that. But underneath the shiny surface of this perfect existence, fault lines are beginning to appear…and no one is more surprised than Russ when he finds every aspect of the life he took for granted turned upside down.

Crimson Death by Laurell K. Hamilton: The vampire who created Damian might be losing control, allowing rogue vampires to run wild and break one of their kind’s few strict taboos. When Anita joins forces with her friend Edward to stop the carnage, Damian will be at their side, even if it means traveling back to the land where all his nightmares spring from.

Ghost Times Two by Carolyn Hart: Bailey Ruth Raeburn’s latest mission is to guide the happy-go-lucky spirit of a deceased young man named Jimmy to the next life. But Jimmy is determined to watch over his still-living girlfriend Megan, whom he wants to be happy even without him.

Home by Harlan Coben: A decade ago, kidnappers grabbed two boys from wealthy families and demanded ransom, then went silent. No trace of the boys ever surfaced. For ten years their families have been left with nothing but memories and a desperation for the day that has finally, miraculously arrived: Myron Bolitar and his friend Win believe they have located one of the boys, now a teenager.

New Nonfiction Titles

Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance: Shares the story of the author’s family and upbringing, describing how they moved from poverty to an upwardly mobile clan that included the author, a Yale Law School graduate, while navigating the demands of middle class life and the collective demons of the past.

Ego is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday: The author shares his philosophy that much of our history is made by individuals who fought their egos at every turn, who eschewed the spotlight, and who put their higher goals above their desire for recognition.

Halloween: the history of America’s darkest holiday by David Skal: Skal examines the tradition’s dark Celtic history and traces its evolution in the course of a few generations from a quaint, small-scale celebration to a mammoth marketing event.

Murder in the Bayou by Ethan Brown: An explosive, true-life southern gothic story, Murder in the Bayou chronicles the twists and turns of a high-stakes investigation into the murders of eight women in a troubled Louisiana parish.

White Trash by Nancy Isenberg: Surveying political rhetoric and policy, popular literature and scientific theories over four hundred years, history professor Nancy Isenberg upends assumptions about America’s supposedly class-free society — where liberty and hard work were meant to ensure real social mobility.

Making Work Work by Shola Richards: This book focuses on inspiring current and future leaders to start a movement that will banish on-the-job bullying, put meaning back into work, and enhance coworkers’ happiness and engagement.

I Contain Multitudes by Ed Yong: his book lets us peer into the world of microbes — not as germs to be eradicated, but as invaluable parts of our lives — allowing us to see how ubiquitous and vital microbes are: they sculpt our organs, defend us from disease, break down our food, educate our immune systems, guide our behavior, bombard our genomes with their genes, and grant us incredible abilities.

Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton: Traces the author’s journey of self-discovery after the dissolution of her marriage, revealing how she found healing by rejecting gender standards and refusing to settle for a “good-enough” life.

Present Over Perfect by Shauna Neiquist: A collection of essays that focuses on the most important transformation in Niequist’s life, and maybe yours, too: leaving behind busyness and frantic living and rediscovering the person you were made to be

 

New Fiction

Sting by Sandra Brown: When Jordie Bennet and Shaw Kinnard lock eyes across a disreputable backwater bar, something definitely sparks. Shaw gives off a vibe that inspires women to notice. None feel that undercurrent more strongly than Jordie, who doesn’t belong in a seedy dive on the banks of a bayou. But here she is … and Shaw Kinnard is here to kill her.

Curious Minds by Janet Evanovich: Riley Moon is a junior analyst at a mega-bank, when she uncovers what looks like an embezzlement scheme that could lead straight to the top. With his gold gone missing and analysts disappearing, famously eccentric Emerson Knight, the bank’s biggest client, decides to take on his own investigation.

The Kind Folk by Ramsey Campbell: Luke Arnold never felt that he belonged. When his beloved uncle Terence, who Luke felt most close to, a man who wove tales of the “Other”–eldritch beings, hedge folks, and other fables of Celtic myth– suddenly dies, Luke begins to learn how little he really knew his uncle and how serious Terence was about the magic in his tales.

Leave Me by Gayle Forman: Meet Maribeth Klein, a harried working mother who’s so busy taking care of her husband and twins, she doesn’t even realize she’s had a heart attack. Afterward, surprised to discover that her recuperation seems to be an imposition on those who rely on her, Maribeth does the unthinkable: she packs a bag and leaves.

Rise the Dark by Michael Koryta: Drawn to the scene of his wife’s murder when the man responsible is released from prison, investigator Mark Novak races against time to save the life of a woman who has been abducted by the same fanatical killer.

The Jealous Kind by Lee Burke: Intervening when he sees the beautiful and gifted Valerie Epstein fighting with her boyfriend, Aaron Holland Broussard inadvertently challenges the power of the Mob in his Korean War-era Texas community.

A Great Reckoning by Louise Penny: When an intricate old map is found stuffed into the walls of the bistro in Three Pines, it at first seems no more than a curiosity. But the closer the villagers look, the stranger it becomes. Given to Armand Gamache as a gift the first day of his new job, the map eventually leads him to shattering secrets–to an old friend and older adversary.

We Are UnPrepared by Meg Little Reilly: A novel about the next big storm, the one that changes our relationship to nature and each other – the superstorm that threatens to destroy a marriage, a rural Vermont town and the Eastern Seaboard when it hits. The destruction begins months earlier, when fear infects people’s lives and spreads like a plague.

New Young Adult Fiction

Alive by Chandler Baker: After finally receiving a heart transplant, seventeen-year-old Stella throws herself into her new life, but her recovery is marred with strange side effects and hallucinations, and when she meets Levi Zin, a mysterious new boy at her Seattle prep school, Stella soon realizes that she and Levi have more in common than she could ever imagine.  

Tales of the Peculiar by Ransom Riggs: Presents an illustrated edition of the fantastical book featured in the Miss Peregrine series that includes unusual fairy tales about wealthy cannibals, a fork-tongued princess, and the origins of the first ymbryne.

The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker: Set in an alternative 16th-century England, Elizabeth Grey is the only girl in the king’s elite group of witch hunters. When she’s framed for being a witch herself, Elizabeth finds freedom at the hands of the world’s most wanted wizard and her loyalties are tested.

Conversion by Katherine Howe: When girls start experiencing strange tics and other mysterious symptoms at Colleen’s high school, her small town of Danvers, Massachusetts, falls victim to rumors that lead to full-blown panic, and only Colleen connects their fate to the ill-fated Salem Village, where another group of girls suffered from a similarly bizarre epidemic three centuries ago.

Powerless by Tera Childs: Kenna feels inferior because everyone else has some talent or power, so when villains break into the lab where she interns she will not let criminals steal the research that will make her extraordinary too, but secrets are spilled and one of the villains saves her life, leading her to think about good and evil, heroes and villains, and what it means to be powerful and powerless.

When by Victoria Laurie: Sixteen-year-old Maddie Flynn cannot help but see the death date of everyone she meets or sees in a photograph or on-screen, and her alcoholic mother exploits this by having her do readings for money, but when Maddie predicts the death of a young boy, she becomes the center of an FBI investigation.

The Keeper by David Baldacci: Vega Jane and her friend Delph have taken the map that Quentin Harris left them and set out from the town of Wormwood, determined to brave the Quag and find freedom on the other side. But the Quag, designed to keep the town people in, it is filled with bloodthirsty creatures and sinister magic, and it is not going to let them escape unscathed.

Fall of Hades by Michael Vey: Michael and the Electroclan embark on their deadliest mission yet. The head of the resistance, known only as the voice, believes that the best way to wipe out the Elgen is to steal their money. That means capturing the Joule, the Elgen boat that serves as a floating treasury.

The Memory of Things by Gae Polisner: Racing to safety after witnessing the first Twin Tower collapse on September 11, 2001, sixteen-year-old Kyle, having been separated from his family, impulsively brings home a traumatized girl who has forgotten who she is.