All the Flowers in Paris
by Sarah Jio
Caroline wakes up in a Paris hospital in 2009 with no memory of her past. She discovers a cache of letters in her home which start to jog her memory. The letters belong to Celine, a widow of Jewish ancestry who lived in Caroline’s house during the Nazi occupation of Paris. Past and present merge into a story about love and war, death and intrigue.
The Art of Mindful Reading: Embracing the Wisdom of Words
by Ella Berthoud
Berthoud is a bibliotherapist and this book is filled with hints on how to read more mindfully. It is filled with lots of ideas that can help improve and expand your reading experience. A great gift for a reader.
Gravity is the Thing
by Jaclyn Moriarty
Abigail Sorenson’s brother disappeared 20 years ago and at the same time, she started receiving chapters in the mail of a self-help manual. Now, she has been invited to a retreat where she hopes to find out the truth about the guidebook-and hopefully, solve the mystery of her brother’s disappearance.
by Rye Curtis
A debut novel. A park ranger refuses to stop looking for the 72 year old survivor of a plane crash in the mountainous wilderness of Montana. The story beautifully develops the background of the characters while it follows an exciting search and rescue effort.
Will be published January 2020.
Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, her Therapist and Our Lives Revealed
by Lori Gottlieb
Lori Gottlieb is a therapist with a back story. When the boyfriend she expected to marry breaks up with her, she seeks out a therapist for her own issues. Meanwhile, she documents the journeys she takes her own patients on. It’s non-fiction that reads like a novel.
The Me I Used to Be
by Jennifer Ryan
This is fast-paced plot. Evangeline is released from prison after serving time for a crime she did not commit. Her arresting officer helps arrange for her release so she can help him find the person who really committed the crime. Evangeline has to make peace with her family, catch the real criminal, stay alive and just possibly find love with the arresting officer.
Mother Knows Best
by Kira Peikoff
This story is based on scientific news torn from the headlines. Claire Abrams contacts a maverick fertility doctor who is willing to combine her genes and those of another woman so that Claire can have a biological child that will not contain the genetic mutation which killed her firstborn. Although it is illegal and possibly immoral, the doctor sets in motion the series of events that fill this novel with twists and turns.
A Nearly Normal Family
by M.T. Edvardsson
A murder mystery with psychological overtones. A normal Scandinavian family finds themselves rocked to the core when their daughter is arrested on a murder charge. Each character tells their story and the author reveals the difficult choices each family member must make.
by Helen Phillips
Molly is the exhausted working mother of two very young children. Strange things start happening in her day job as a paleobotanist, where she excavates plant fossils from a dig. Suddenly, things start showing up in the dig that don’t make sense. Combine that with her exhaustion, and you have a recipe for a psychological thriller/science fiction combination that seems all too real.
by Linda Castillo
Kate Burkholder is the Chief of Police in Ohio who was once a member of the Amish community, making her the first person called when there is crime affecting the Amish. This time she is called to duty to find who murdered an Amish grandmother and abducted her 7 year old grand-daughter. Some tough moral questions emerge.
Journalist David Carr died suddenly at age 58. He left behind twin daughters and lots of memories; this memoir was written by one of his surviving children. Talent as well as addiction ran in their family, so it is not surprising that Erin has both writing talent and a pre-disposition towards addiction. She looks for meaning to their lives in this poignant memoir. Check Our Catalog
A real old fashioned murder mystery. A group of people trapped in a blizzard in the Catskills at a wonderful old inn are introduced. And then the murders start. The author’s legal skills show up once the detectives start questioning the survivors. Check Our Catalog
Sophia Weber, a successful attorney, is personally asked by her law professor to look into exonerating a prisoner, once a doctor, who was convicted in the brutal murder of a young woman. Public opinion is against the prisoner, but Sophia, seeing inconsistencies in the investigation, is compelled to take the case. Check Our Catalog
Nina Hill is an introvert, happy with her job as a clerk in a book store, and enjoying her quiet time alone. Upon the death of her father, she discovers that she has lots of relatives, who now want to be part of her life, and she starts to enjoy the attentions of an attractive single young man. Can an introvert change her ways? Read this and see. Check Our Catalog
The novel takes place over the four days of the trial of Becky, who has been accused of smothering her sister’s infant. It’s a delicate balance between a courtroom drama and family story. Each character is delineated as they are called to the witness stand, and it will keep you engrossed until the last page. American debut of an English author. Check Our Catalog
Andrew’s co-workers think he goes home to a wife and family, but, in reality, he lives alone and has been content with a quiet life keeping his emotions safe. Then a new employee comes to work with him and he finds he has feelings for her that have been kept shut up for years. Suddenly his simple life becomes quite complicated. Check Our Catalog
Natalie Tan returns to Chinatown in San Francisco after her mother’s death in order to settle the estate. Natalie is shocked to see how run-down the Chinatown from her childhood has become, and she makes it her mission to reopen the wonderful restaurant that her grandmother had operated on the bottom floor of their old house.Check Our Catalog
Violet and Stella have had a friendship that worked during college, but now that they are competing against each other in the same profession, real problems emerge. What lengths will people go to in order to get what they want? A story of a dark female friendship. Check Our Catalog
This is the third in the “Rosie” series. Don and Rosie’s marriage is going well, but now they are dealing with issues with their 11 year old son, Hudson. Don’s new project becomes “The Hudson project.” Of course, things never go as planned, and Simsion treats all of the issues that ensue with gentle humor and a full acceptance of Autism in its many forms. Check Our Catalog
If you liked Ryan’s last book, “The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir,” you should enjoy this one. Mrs. Braithwaite, a stiff-upper lip matron, comes to London during World War II to reconnect with her daughter, only to find out that her child is working undercover to catch Nazi sympathizers. Humor is mixed with the seriousness of the situation of living a city dealing nightly with the blitz. Check Our Catalog
Olivia is 22 and has left college to care for her mother. After her mother’s death, Olivia finds that the rest of her family is moving on, but she is adrift. She finds a secret romantic correspondence that her mother had with an unknown man and decides to unravel the secret of her mother’s life. Check Our Catalog
Kellen has become the new manager of an isolated resort in the Pacific Northwest, and she feels she can handle anything-until the dead body of the previous manager shows up. Now she has to deal with a murder, a murderer and the secrets of her past. Check Our Catalog
This is the last book that Sacks wrote prior to his death in 2015. It is a collection of essays that cover a wide range of topics, from those that involve his medical expertise-Tourette’s Syndrome, aging, dementia- as well as those that involve his other interests, such as gardening. Check Our Catalog
The fictional story of a couple who purchase property in Vermont and begin to build their dream house. Due to events that took place on their property in the past, they end up building a “haunted” house. The story becomes a thriller inside a murder mystery inside a ghost story. Check Our Catalog
This is the second novel to feature the female detective Hulda Hermannsdottir of Reykjavik. This well constructed mystery deals with two murders-one in 1987 and one ten years later, which involves a young woman who turns out to be a friend of the young woman who died in 1987. The more Hulda digs, the more involved the case becomes. Check Our Catalog
Quindlen, who has written 9 novels, memoirs and non-fiction, has recently become a grandmother-and boy, is she thrilled. Whether you are a grandparent or not, her happiness is catching-why not spend some time sharing someone else’s joy, especially when they happen to be such a gifted writer? Check Our Catalog
Marianne and Connell go to the same school in a small town in Ireland. The develop a relationship that continues when they go to Trinity College in Dublin. The novel is really a character study, as Rooney masterfully captures the distinct personalities of Marianne, Connell and the secondary characters in the novel. Check Our Catalog
A young Jewish woman, studying in New York in 2003, meets a handsome painter, who is Palestinian, also living in New York. Their attraction is strong, but when each one returns; one to Tel Aviv, and the other to an Arab village in the West Bank, the author realistically presents the barriers to their relationship. Check Our Catalog
A character driven debut novel. Arthur is a non-descript professor in a small college, and two years after his wife’s death, he reaches out to his children and asks them to return to the family home. He needs their help financially and wants them to give him money they inherited from their mother. The author really captures the individuality of each family member and their struggle to relate to each other as adults. Check Our Catalog
This is a prequel to other books by Stewart O’Nan which dealt with the Maxwell family of Pittsburgh after the death of the patriarch, Henry. In this book, Henry is still alive and well and turning 75. It’s a gentle story about a year in his life. Check Our Catalog
A collection of essays which form a “biography” of the author. They are reflections of the author’s life-sometimes they talk about the details of her day and sometimes they are reflective of major life issues she is dealing with. Told with love and humor. Check Our Catalog
Miracle Creek is the name of a town in Virginia where a recent Korean immigrant has started a business treating various medical conditions with a hyperbaric oxygen chamber. Tragedy ensues when the chamber explodes, killing two patients, one of whom is an eight year old autistic boy. Did his mother kill him? She is arrested, and charged with murder. This debut novel is written by a former trial lawyer who knows her stuff. The novel takes place during the four days of the trial, and the outcome will surprise you. Check Our Catalog
The subject of this historical fiction novel is the life of beautiful actress Hedy LaMarr, starting in 1933 when Hedy is a 19 year old actress who catches the eye of an Austrian arms dealer who wants to marry her despite the fact that she is Jewish; and follows her escape to the US, her movie career and her discovery, with a musician, of a way to block the success of torpedoes with methods still used today. Check Our Catalog
Two young men on an idyllic canoe trip in northern Canada face the challenge of their lives when they must deal with two enemies-man and nature. While trying to out-race a forest fire, they find themselves enmeshed in a possible murder. The author is an experienced outdoorsman, which shows in this book. Check Our Catalog
Reichl, who has written several memoirs about her life as a food critic and food lover, writes about her time at Gourmet magazine, and how she went from an inexperienced novice to a savvy expert. Reichl always writes in an entertaining style. Check Our Catalog
This is the true story of a murder mystery in Ireland. Using the abduction of a widow, mother to 10 children, who was kidnapped and killed at the height of the Irish Troubles in 1972, the author, who researched this book for 10 years, blends espionage, murder mystery and political history into an accessible account of the violence that afflicted Northern Ireland. Check Our Catalog
A combination of historical mystery and romance in Victorian era Scotland, whose main character, Sarah, is a young medical student whose parents want her to marry boring Miles. Before she can get out of this arranged marriage, Miles is charged with murder and in order to clear his name, Sarah joins forces with her brooding, mercurial, handsome medical professor. The plot thickens…. Check Our Catalog