World Gone By by Dennis Lehane








World Gone By is the final book in Lehane’s popular trilogy. Ten years have passed since Joe Coughlin’s empire was destroyed by his enemies. Now working as a consigliere to the Bartolo crime family, he lives a life of professional success yet the truth from his dark past will come to light and he will finally have to pay for his sins in full.

The Assassin by Clive Cussler with Justin Scott








The Isaac Bell series continues with this new one by Cussler. Bell’s case against an oil monopoly takes a deadly turn when an assassin kills Bell’s best witness. As the murders continue, Bell’s team works to uncover the identity of the assassin, traveling the world before ending up in an explosive confrontation.

H is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald









Helen turned to raising a hawk in an effort to cope with her father’s death. This project became one that tested her limits, and ultimately changed her life. This book provides a blend of nature writing and memoir to produce a heart-wrenching and humorous read.

The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro








Two elderly Britons decide to set off to find a son they haven’t seen in years. Their journey will reveal to them their love for each other while joined by three individuals looking for fulfillment. This novel tells a story about forgetting, the power of memory, love and war.

The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy by Rachel Joyce








The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy tells a tale of the unforgettable character in Joyce’s popular novel The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry. Told she has just days to live, Queenie writes a letter bidding goodbye to Fry. The follow up letter, however, is the one readers know nothing about and can finally learn the truth about Queenie’s life with this new novel.

The Fifth Gospel by Ian Caldwell








Caldwell, co-author of the popular book The Rule of Four, returns with a new thriller in the same category. The curator of an exhibit at the Vatican is murdered and his partner’s house in broken into. The partner, Father Alex, undertakes his own investigations and must recreate the curator’s secret. Fans of The Da Vinci Code will love this new historical thriller.

Where All Light Tends to Go by David Joy








Jacob works for his father’s meth ring but when a mistake changes everything, he faces a choice: stay with his father or follow the girl he loves.

Epitaph by Mary Doria Russell








Epitaph is a historical novel that continues the story Russell began in her book Doc. It follows Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday to Arizona to fight at the O.K. Corral. This book tells Wyatt’s true story, unearthing 130 years of myths and Russel gives a voice to those whose lives were changed by the fatal 30 seconds in Tombstone.

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Prodigal Son by Danielle Steel

Prodigal Son is the first of four books Steel plans to release this year. Two fraternal twins become bitter enemies, one good and one bad. Reunited in their hometown 20 years after last seeing each other, shattering secrets are revealed and a life-or-death struggle for survival comes about.







Mightier than the Sword by Jeffrey Archer

The next installment in Archer’s Clifton Chronicles series takes him into the late 1960s. The Clifton family members all take on their own challenges, and you’ll have to read to find out what occurs in this book full of twists and turns.

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The Girls of Mischief Bay by Susan Mallery

This new series by the author of Three Sisters brings to life the story of 3 women, each seeking new changes in their otherwise routine lives. Through romance, heartbreak and plenty of laughter, these three women will discover the power of friendship in overcoming obstacles.

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Hush Hush by Laura Lippman

Laura Lippman’s popular PI Tess Monaghan returns with new responsibilities and a new case involving murder and a mother. With a new partner, Tess tackles a case about the security needs of a rich woman who returns to Baltimore to reunite with her estranged daughters. Tess must ignore the discomfort she feels around the woman, realizing only that she has her own stalker.







Girl in a Band by Kim Gordon

Kim Gordon, founding member of Sonic Youth, opens up about her life as an artist, a wife, a mother and being on of the first women of Rock ‘n’ Roll. At its heart, the book is about identity and what happens when your identity dissolves. Fans of celebrity memoirs will want to pick up this latest in that always growing and entertaining category.

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Future Crimes: Everything is Connected, Everyone is Vulnerable and What We Can Do About It by Marc Goodman

Goodman, a leading expert on global security, takes readers inside the digital underground and exposes how new technologies can (and most likely) will be used against people. It presents the dark side of technological innovation that everyone should be aware of in order to protect themselves.

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Irritable Hearts by Mac McClelland

Mac McClelland, an award winning journalist, explores her struggle with PTSD in this powerful memoir. After leaving Haiti following her coverage of the devastating earthquake in 2010, she became convinced she was suffering from PTSD. She fought to “repair” herself, and details her struggle and what she learned about the disorder along the way.

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The Siege Winter by Ariana Franklin and Samantha Norman

Mother and daughter teamed up to write this novel just before Ariana died in 2011. The book, being published finally after four years, is an adventure novel told by two women whose fates become intertwined in 12th century England during a Civil War.

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A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

Kell is one of the Last Travelers, rare magicians that have the ability to travel between parallel universes. Kell is tasked to carry correspondences between worlds, but treachery lurks at every turn. Fantasy fans should pick up a copy of this new one.







A Murder of Magpies by Judith Flanders

Book editor Samantha becomes an amateur sleuth when an author she’s working with goes missing. This colorful cast of characters will entertain readers and keep them guessing as they tear through the pages.

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Finding Jake by Bryan Reardon

Simon stays at home with his kids, Jake and Laney, and finds out a shooting has occurred at the high school they now attend. Racing to the school, Simon finds out that Jake is the only kid missing. This story will emotionally drain you and leave readers questioning their own lives.

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We’re into the “dog days” of winter, when most of us would probably rather be well into the dog days of summer. This week has been especially cold in the area and we’re all feeling the effects. Life must go on even if we’d rather be curled up in bed or better yet sitting on a beach. For those of us that can’t get away, here are some titles to read that will transport you to someplace warm.

This looks nice right about now!

This looks nice right about now!







Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver


This book weaves together three stories of human love within the small farms of southern Appalachia. It takes place over the course of one humid summer – exactly what you may be dreaming of right now.






The Island by Elin Hilderbrand

22islandBirdie throws herself into the details of her daughter’s wedding, only to find out the engagement has been called off. She takes her family to a remote island to regroup and a seemingly peaceful trip leads to so much more.







Bittersweet by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore

3bittersweetMabel spends one summer in college at a friend’s estate in Vermont, falling in love with all that happens as she finally finds a sense of belonging. When Mabel finds out a family secret, she must make a tough choice – betray her friend and expose it all, or keep quiet.







The Girls of August by Anne River Siddon

4augustEvery August, four women spend a week at the beach with the desire to strengthen their long standing friendship. When one girl dies suddenly, they drift apart and leave their week retreat behind. Years later, they reunite due to a new marriage and come together again for a trip, making discoveries that will change them in ways they never expected.






Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen

5lostlakeNewly widowed Kate takes her daughter to Lost Lake to heal, a cottage owned by her aunt. With the cottage losing magic and her aunt threatening to sell it, can Kate bring it back to life?

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The Whites by Richard Price as Harry Brandt


Acclaimed novelist Richard Price as is now writing under the pen name Harry Brandt, with this being his first novel with a new identity of sorts. It tells the tale of a New York City Detective under siege for an unsolved murder, by his past, and by a violent stalker. Reviewers claim it may be in the top for crime novels in 2015, so don’t miss out!

A Touch of Stardust by Kate Alcott


Alcott, known for her recent book The Dressmaker, takes readers behind the scenes of Gone with the Wind in her latest historical fiction novel. Julie Crawford finds herself working in the public office of David O. Selznick, who is busy filming Gone with the Wind. She moves up to an assistant, entering the world of Carole Lombard and Clark Gable. Julie must fend off reporters seeking informatino about the two, and her friendship with Carole grows. As she becomes witness to these historic times in the making of the movie, she must balance her career and her budding romance. Historical fiction fans will be whisked away to Old Hollywood and are sure to love this story from the set of the iconic movie.

Dreaming Spies by Laurie R. King


Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes come to find a young Japanese tutor aboard a ship. When Russel heads to Oxford, that same Japanese woman reappears and isn’t what she seems. It is a tale of politics, espionage, friendship and betrayal as King brings fans another book featuring her beloved character Mary Russell.

Half the World by Joe Abercrombie


Fantasy fans will be thrilled that the second book of the Shattered Sea trilogy. Set in the same world as the first novel, Half the World follows a new protagonist in training for the king’s army. As she is learning the ways of war, she also falls in love for the first time. This trilogy will appeal to fans of George R.R. Martin, Patrick Rothfuss and Scott Lynch. The first book is titled Half a King.

Fiercombe Manor by Kate Riordan


In this duel narrative, two women of different era  are united by secrets hidden in the walls of an English manor house. As one of them, Alice, tries to uncover her family’s past, will she be able to handle the truth and escape the tragic fate of the other women who have lived in Fiercombe manor?

The Unfortunate Importance of Beauty by Amanda Filipacchi


The Knights of Creation are a group of artistic friends struggling with society’s standards of beauty. Two of them, Barb and Lily, discover they may have a murderer in their midst. Filipacchi brings a modern day fairy tale to print, highlighting the relationship between beauty, desire and identity, asking readers to think about what it means to allow oneself to be seen.

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Presidents’ Day is coming on Monday, and while it is meant to celebrate presidents, we have many other important political figures that help shape our country. Check out some of these political memoirs, biographies, and non-fiction selections this Presidents’ Day.

A Fighting Chance by Elizabeth Warren










Hard Choices by Hillary Clinton

My Country Tis of Thee by Keith Ellison











Ten Letters: The Stories Americans Tell Their President by Eli Saslow










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Blind Date with a Book is back! 

Are you looking for a surprise this Valentine’s Day season but don’t know where to look? Fret not! The Willmar Public Library has you covered. Check out a Blind Date, specially packaged for you. Each book contains three clues about the plot of the novel and the rest is a mystery! Take it home, unwrap it, and be surprised. You may just find your next love. 

Blind Date with a Book will continue through Saturday, February 21st. Don’t delay, these won’t last long!

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Millions tuned in to the Grammy awards on Sunday night, and avid fans will know that there is an award for Best Spoken Word Album, which can include Audiobooks. But if you’re not an avid fan and didn’t know about the award, don’t fret! Who knew audiobooks would appear at the Grammys, an award show noted for its stunning performances and glamorous guests in the music industry.

This year, the nominees were:

1. Diary of a Mad Diva by Joan Rivers

2. Actors Anonymous by James Franco

3. Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America by John Waters

4. A Fighting Chance by Elizabeth Warren

5. We Will Survive: True Stories of Encouragement, Inspiration and The Power of Song by Gloria Gaynor

6. A Call to Action by Jimmy Carter

And the winner went to… Diary of a Mad Diva by Joan Rivers.

Joan’s daughter, Melissa, accepted the award on her behalf as Joan passed away late last year.

So, are you looking for a great audiobook? Why not try a Grammy award winning one?

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Obsession in Death by J.D. Robb







Eve has become the object of one person’s desire, someone who would kill for her. She must be delicate in handling cases due to a terrible threat. Obsession in Death is J.D. Robb’s 40th book of his In Death series.

Motive by Jonathan Kellerman







A much loved woman is found dead in her apartment. With few clues, psychologist Alex Delaware is called in to help. As other bodies are found, Alex and Lieutenant Milo must work fast to catch this manipulative killer.

A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler







A Spool of Blue Thread follows four generations of the Whitshanks as their lives unfold in and around their Baltimore house. It is a poignant yet unsentimental story that celebrates the emotional complexities of families.

The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl by Issa Rae







Issa Rae, a YouTube star, has followed up her hit series with a book by the same name. The book is a series of humorous essays about what it is like to be an introvert in today’s world, covering everything from weight gain to learning to accept yourself. Fans of humorous memories will want to get their hands on this new one.

My Sunshine Away by M.O. Walsh







In the summer of 1989, a fifteen-year-old experiences a horrible crime in a Baton Rouge neighborhood with an idyllic reputation. Walsh tells both a tale of charmed childhood and a story of violent crime. Readers are in for a page turner about the meaning of family, the power of memory and our ability to forgive.

The Country of Ice Cream Star by Sandra Newman







The Country of Ice Cream Star is a post-apocalyptic literary epic about a fifteen-year-old and her nomadic tribe living off the debris of a crumbled civilization. She must travel across unfamiliar territory to protect the only world she has ever known.

Displacement by Lucy Knisley







Lucy Knisley, a bestselling New York Times cartoonist, is back with the next installment of her graphic travelogue series. Knisley volunteers to watch over her grandparents on a cruise. Part graphic memoir, part travelogue and part family history, she brings her frustration, fears, compassion and her attempt to come to terms with morality as she copes with the stress of travel.

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As you may have heard, Harper Lee, the author of To Kill a Mockingbird, has announced that she will be releasing a new novel this summer titled Go Set a WatchmanTo Kill a Mockingbird was published in 1960 and was immediately successful, considered still to be one of the greatest American novels of all time. Go Set a Watchman was written decades ago but Lee decided not to publish it… until now. She was adamant in the years following the publication of her first novel that she would not publish another one.

Opinions have been heavy on this subject. Fans of Lee are excited yet skeptical. The skeptical opinions have seemed to outweigh the positives so far. A few key points have been mentioned as to a possible motive for publishing this novel. Lee is in failing health and those who know her wonder if this decision is truly hers. They also note that they are surprised by the decision, increasing skepticism. The truth may never be known as it is impossible to confirm with her. She leads a very private life, and it has been decades since she has done a public interview. Last year, Marja Mills published The Mockingbird Next Door: Life with Harper Lee. The book is about Mills befriending the two Lee sisters in the early 2000s. Lee however issued a statement, through her lawyer, stating that she had nothing to do with the book. Some believe maybe the author learned all she could from friends and family but not Lee herself, although she claims that she befriended Lee and her sister.

So, what do you think? Are you excited, skeptical, both or something else? Let us know by leaving a comment!


Sources (and for further reading on the topic):
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The American Library Association announced the 2015 youth media award winners this week. Given annually, these awards honor authors and illustrators. The winners are highlighted below.

John Newberry Medal

The John Newberry Medal is given for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature. This year’s winner was Crossover by Kwame Alexander.

Randolph Caldecott Medal

The Caldecott Medal is given for the most distinguished American picture book for children. This year’s winner is The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend, illustrated and written by Dan Santat.

Coretta Scott King Book Award

The Coretta Scott King Book Award honors African American authors and illustrators for outstanding books for children and young adults. The winner for the authors is Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson. The illustration award went to Firebird, illustrated by Christopher Myers and written by Misty Copeland.

Michael L. Printz Award

This award honors excellence in literature written for young adults. I’ll Give You the Sun was this year’s winner, written by Jandy Nelson.

Click here for a full listing of awards and honor books.

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