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A Gathering of Old Men A Gathering of Old Men

by Ernest J. Gaines

When a brutal Cajun farmer is killed on a Louisiana plantation, a white woman and 18 elderly black men each claim responsibility. The sheriff believes he knows who did it, though plenty of people had motives. Meanwhile, the dead man’s father debates whether to form a lynch mob while his college student son tries to convince him “the old days are over.” This is a fascinating… Continue

Adult Services Recommended by Adult Services July 11, 2019
The Secret Scripture The Secret Scripture

by Sebastian Barry

The tragic story of a 100-year-old Irish woman unjustly installed in a mental asylum for most of her life is told through journal entries. Roseanne McNulty had several strikes against her when she was locked up. She was Protestant in a strongly Catholic county, beautiful and joyfully sexual with her new husband, and acquainted with local rebels. Now, the Roscommon Regional Mental Hospital is… Continue

Adult Services Recommended by Adult Services July 11, 2019
What Doesn't Kill Her What Doesn't Kill Her

by Carla Norton

Seven years ago, Reeve was rescued from the predator who kidnapped her at age 12 and kept her as his toy for four years. Her former captor, Daryl Wayne Flint, has escaped from the mental institution that has been his home since. Knowing Flint will soon begin hunting other young girls, Reeve leaves the relative safety of her new life as a college student and returns to Seattle to assist the FBI in… Continue

Adult Services Recommended by Adult Services June 14, 2019
Stuff to Die For Stuff to Die For

by Don Bruns

James and Skip are recent college grads whose plans of becoming rich are progressing much too slowly. At loose ends with no solid career plans, the friends start a hauling business because everyone has “stuff” to move. Their first job involves them with a messy divorce, a high school classmate and a dangerous plot by ex-pat Cubans. There’s humor and not too much gore in this… Continue

Adult Services Recommended by Adult Services June 14, 2019
Hoodlum Hoodlum

by K'wan

Born into a New York City crime family, Shai was known as the “good” brother. While Tommy was groomed to inherit their empire from powerful Trinidadian immigrant Poppa Clark, Shai’s future plans included college and a pro basketball career. Shai loses his spot on the college team (for betting) so he returns home. There, he reconnects with buddy Swan and is sucked into the lure… Continue

Adult Services Recommended by Adult Services May 16, 2019
Shakespeare and Company Shakespeare and Company

by Sylvia Beach

Paris in the 1920s! Imagine lounging in cafés late into the night and discussing the latest works of Joyce, Hemingway and Fitzgerald (who are also your neighbors and friends)! Author Sylvia Beach lived that dream life. An American who owned a bookshop specializing in American works, her store was frequented by all the major players of the era. Beach shares stories of her shop, her talented… Continue

Adult Services Recommended by Adult Services May 15, 2019
The Noise of Time The Noise of Time

by Julian Barnes

The near-impossibility of maintaining artistic integrity under Soviet rule is explored in this fictional portrait of composer Dmitri Shostakovich. Though Shostakovich survives the potentially fatal experience of Stalin denouncing his work, the price he pays is great. To keep his family and friends (as well as himself) safe, he must submit to the political forces and represent himself as a good… Continue

Adult Services Recommended by Adult Services April 19, 2019
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry

by Gabrielle Zevin

A. J. Fikry is an independent bookstore proprietor whose painful life of solitude and cynicism changes when an orphaned baby is left in his failing establishment. Fikry finds himself facing new circumstances that, over time, enable him to connect with the island’s townspeople who become like an extended family. This page-turning read is overall light and upbeat, but has some dark… Continue

Adult Services Recommended by Adult Services April 11, 2019
No Mercy No Mercy

by Lori Armstrong

When a Native American boy is found dead on her property, Mercy Gunderson can’t understand why the new sheriff isn’t trying harder to learn why. The teen was a friend of her nephew, so Mercy does some sleuthing herself, using her ex-military skills and contacts from her past. She soon finds herself in a tangle involving real estate developers and fraudulent religious leaders. A shaky… Continue

Adult Services Recommended by Adult Services April 11, 2019
The Hundred-Foot Journey The Hundred-Foot Journey

by Richard C. Morais

When an Indian family begins a new life in the French Alps, not all of the neighbors are pleased. The restaurant opened by the Hajis, with exotic aromas and loud music, angers Madame Gerturde Mallory, owner of a traditional French restaurant across the street. In a fit of pique, she accidentally injures young Hassan. However, she sees the potential for a gifted chef in him, and as an act of… Continue

Adult Services Recommended by Adult Services April 11, 2019
No One You Know No One You Know

by Michelle Richmond

20 years ago, Ellie’s sister was murdered. Lila, a math prodigy, had been secretive about a relationship before her death. Grief-stricken Ellie confided in her favorite teacher, who betrayed her by writing a best-selling true crime book naming a colleague of Lila’s as the murderer (though he was never charged). Now a coffee buyer by profession, Ellie is stunned when she meets the… Continue

Adult Services Recommended by Adult Services April 11, 2019