The Burning by Megha Majumdar: After a fiery attack on a train leaves 104 people dead, the fates of three people in India become inextricably entangled. A novel about fate, power, opportunity, and class; about innocence and guilt, betrayal and love, and the corrosive media cycle that manufactures falsehoods masquerading as truths–A Burning is a debut novel of exceptional power and urgency, haunting and beautiful, brutal, vibrant, impossible to forget.
All Adults Here by Emma Straub: When Astrid Strick witnesses a school bus accident in the center of town, it jostles loose a repressed memory from her young parenting days. Suddenly, Astrid realizes she was not quite the parent she thought she’d been to her three, now-grown children. But to what consequence? It might be that only Astrid’s 13-year-old granddaughter and her new friend really understand the courage it takes to tell the truth to the people you love the most.
To Wake the Giant: a novel of Pearl Harbor by Jeff Shaara: In 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt watches uneasily as the world heads rapidly down a dangerous path. The Japanese have waged an aggressive campaign against China, and they now begin to expand their ambitions. But no one believes that the main base at Pearl Harbor is under any real threat. Told through the eyes of widely diverse characters, this story looks at all sides of the drama and puts the reader squarely in the middle.
Mrs. Lincoln’s Sisters by Jennifer Chiaverini: In May 1875, Elizabeth Todd Edwards reels from news that her younger sister Mary, former First Lady and widow of President Abraham Lincoln, has attempted suicide. The Todd sisters’ fates were bound to their husbands’ choices as some joined the Lincoln administration, others the Confederate Army. Now, though discord and tragedy have strained their bonds, Elizabeth knows they must come together as sisters to help Mary in her most desperate hour.
Brave Girl, Quiet Girl by Catherine Hyde: In a matter of seconds, Brooke’s life is shattered when she’s carjacked, and her daughter Etta, still strapped in her seat, disappears into the Los Angeles night. Miles away, Etta is found by Molly, a homeless teen who is all too used to darkness. Brooke’s and Molly’s desperate paths converge and an unlikely friendship is formed. With it, Brooke and Molly will come to discover that what’s lost—and what’s found—can change in a heartbeat.
Robert B. Parker’s Grudge Match by Mike Lupica: Sunny’s long-time gangster associate Tony Marcus comes to her for help. He needs Sunny to find his girlfriend and business partner who appears to have left in a hurry. But when a witness is murdered hours after speaking to Sunny, it’s clear there’s more at stake than just Tony’s love life. Someone–maybe even Tony himself–doesn’t want this woman on the loose…and will go to any lengths to make sure she stays silent.
In a New York Minute by Cynthia Kolle: Julia Bennett impulsively follows her heart to NYC on a year-long adventure. She doesn’t know what she expects to find when she gets there, but what happens is far beyond her comprehension. The only thing she wonders now; should stick around for the exciting conclusion, or bail out as soon as possible? Written by a Nebraska author and former Alliance resident.
Oona Out of Order by Margarita Montimore: It’s New Year’s Eve 1982, and Oona Lockhart has her whole life before her. As the countdown to the New Year begins, Oona faints and awakens thirty-two years in the future in her fifty-one-year-old body. Greeted by a friendly stranger in a beautiful house she’s told is her own, Oona learns that with each passing year she will leap to another age at random. And so begins Oona Out of Order… Hopping through decades, pop culture fads, and much-needed stock tips, Oona is still a young woman on the inside but ever changing on the outside.
Golden Poppies by Laila Ibrahim: Years ago, two families intertwined on a plantation in Virginia when two women developed a bond stronger than blood, despite the fact that one was enslaved and the other was the privileged daughter of the plantation’s owner. Now it’s 1894, and as harsh realities of racial divides and the injustices of the Gilded Age conspire to hold them back, the women find they need each other more than ever. Amid the tumult of a quickly changing nation, their destiny depends on what they’re willing to risk for liberation.
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