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June 24, 2021

by Barbara Jean Hicks and Alexis Deacon

Grandpa Boo-Dad not only believes that Bobo has seen a pink-skinned boy with orange fur on his head hiding under the bed, he knows exactly how a little monster can scare off such a horrible creature.

JE Hicks

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June 24, 2021

by Steve Berry

“The Knights of the Golden Circle was the largest and most dangerous clandestine organization in American history. It amassed billions in stolen gold and silver, all buried in hidden caches across the United States. Since 1865 treasure hunters have searched, but little of that immense wealth has ever been found. Now, one hundred and sixty years later, two factions of what remains of the Knights of the Golden Circle want that lost treasure–one to spend it for their own ends, the other to preserve it. Thrust into this battle is former Justice Department agent Cotton Malone, whose connection to the knights is far deeper than he ever imagined. At the center is the Smithsonian Institution–linked to the knights, its treasure, and Malone himself through an ancestor, a Confederate spy named Angus “Cotton” Adams, whose story holds the key to everything. Complicating matters are the political ambitions of a reckless Speaker of the House and the bitter widow of a United States Senator, who together are planning radical changes to the country. And while Malone and Cassiopeia Vitt face the past, ex-president Danny Daniels and Stephanie Nelle confront a new and unexpected challenge, a threat that may cost one of them their life. From the backrooms of the Smithsonian to the deepest woods in rural Arkansas, and finally, up into the rugged mountains of northern New Mexico, The Lost Order is a perilous adventure into our country’s dark past, and a potentially even darker future”–

Fic Berry

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June 24, 2021

by Gary D. Schmidt

While Doug struggles to be more than the thug that his teachers and the police think him to be, he finds an unlikely ally in Lil Spicer, as they explore Audubon’s art.
JPB SCHMIDT (2014 Teen Nutmeg Nominee)
YAF SCHMIDT
March 11, 2020

The Collected Stories
by Dorothy Parker

A collection of short stories by the witty satirist and founding member of the Algonquin Round Table. She was a regular contributor to The New Yorker, and also was nominated for two Academy Awards during her time in Hollywood as a screenwriter.

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February 5, 2020

by Lalita Tademy

Based on the author’s own search of her family’s past, Cane River is an epic novel based on the lives of four generations of African-American women. Beginning with Tademy’s great-great-great-great-grandmother, Elisabeth, this is a saga that sweeps from the early days of slavery through the Civil War and into a pre-Civil Rights South–a unique and moving slice of America’s past that will resonate with readers for years to come. Photos throughout.

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March 27, 2018

Beggars at the Wall by Roshelle Ratner

“In Beggars at the Wall, Rochelle Ratner guides us through an Israel that is not quite the Middle Eastern country we’ve learned about from CNN or travel books. This is her Israel: a fabled and disquieting place she wants to love like a homeland but cannot entirely embrace. In these plain-spoken poems, so naked in their concerns and passions, Ratner has given us the work of a secular Jew who yearns to be centered in Zion but who knows that Israel can never be her home. Her poems are washed in the light of Safed, Masada, and Jerusalem–a light that reveals hard truths about the lone Jewish nation on the planet…and about ourselves”–Charles Fishman.

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March 27, 2018

After the Fall

After the Fall refers to the twin towers, and is Field’s ode to the events that transpired thereafter–the war in Iraq and the attack on civil rights in America–as well as his own personal struggles over the indignities of aging.

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February 12, 2018

Murder in Exile by Vincent H. O'neil

Eddie Gonzalez, a young man who only recently bought life insurance, is killed in a hit-and-run accident. The insurance company hires Frank to look into Eddie’s life. Frank thinks the company is just trying to get out of paying the money and he sets out to prove the legitimacy of the claim. In doing so, he manages to ruffle the feathers of Dennis Dannon, the chief of police and a friend of the Gonzalez family, and to bring threats down upon his own head. As Frank looks further into the case, it becomes clear that Eddie’s death was not an accident, and that the killers actually had another target in mind.

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February 12, 2018

Sanctuary by William Faulkner

A powerful novel examining the nature of evil, informed by the works of T. S. Eliot and Freud, mythology, local lore, and hardboiled detective fiction. Sanctuary is the dark, at times brutal, story of the kidnapping of Mississippi debutante Temple Drake, who introduces her own form of venality into the Memphis underworld where she is being held.

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