New Books for the Week of May 18, 2015

Disclaimer by Renee Knight








Disclaimer is a psychological thriller about a woman haunted by secrets. Finding a mysterious novel by her bedside, Catherine is plunged into the day she became a hostage to a dark secret. As the past catches up with her, her world is falling apart and to fix it she must confront what happened on that horrible day. Fans of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train should pick up this new one.

Seveneves by Neal Stephenson







What would happen if the world were ending? In his new novel, Stephenson explores this question. When a catastrophic event renders the earth a ticking time bomb and nations band together to try to ensure the survival of humanity. Even with a plan, only a handful of survivors remained and now, five thousand years later, their progeny embark on a journey into the unknown … to earth.

Mislaid by Nell Zink







College freshman Peggy and her professor Lee begin an affair that results in an unplanned marriage and pregnancy. Mismatched from the start, Peggy runs off with the daughter but leaves a son behind. Peggy goes underground and her daughter and son grow up with emotional issues due to the trauma. Years later, the siblings will meet, culminating in an epic finale readers won’t see coming.

The Knockoff by Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza







The Knockoff tells the story of Imogen Tate, editor-in-chief of Glossy magazine, who finds herself being sought out by her former assistant who wants to take her job and make the magazine an app. Imogen faces a choice that will decide the fate of the magazine in this look at the world of fashion in our internet addicted age.

The Ghost Fields by Elly Griffiths







The discovery of a downed WWII plane with a body inside leads Ruth and DCI Nelson inside a wealth of secrets in the seventh book in the Ruth Galloway series.

Little Black Lies by Sharon Bolton







Three children go missing in the small community of Falkland Island, putting everyone on alert. Three islanders are hiding secrets and they trust no one. Readers will be kept guessing until the very end as they work to uncover the truth about these islanders and the missing children.

Jacksonland: President Andrew Jackson, Cherokee Chief John Ross, and a Great American Land Grab by Steve Inskeep







Jacksonland tells the story of Andrew Jackson and John Ross, two men at political odds over land. When Jackson instigated the Trail of Tears, John Ross, political leader of the Cherokee, fought to oppose Jackson and took his case all the way to the supreme court. Inskeep’s book reveals how Jackson benefited greatly from this conquest of land and tells the tale of a tragedy in our history that is often forgotten.

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New Books for the Week of May 11, 2015

Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll







Ani is close to living the perfect life, but she has a secret. This secret is so private and painful that if it comes to the surface, it will destroy everything she has worked so hard to achieve. Will breaking her silence destroy all she has worked for, or will it set her free? Read to find out.

A Lucky Life Interrupted: A Memoir of Hope by Tom Brokaw







Tom Brokaw writes openly about his year battling cancer in this new memoir, featured heavily on media this week. He explores aging, the importance of family, gratitude and more through this detailed account of his experience.

The Great War of Our Time: The CIA’s Fight Against Terrorism – From Al Qa’ida to ISIS by Michael Morell with Bill Harlow







Top CIA officer Michael Morell seemed to find himself on the cusp of history during his reign. Using his experience, he tells readers that terrorism is still a threat and if left unaddressed could lead to a mass attack. Those interested in current events and political non-fiction will love this new one.

The Book of Aron by Jim Shepard







Aron and his family have been driven to Poland in the wake of World War II. Trying to keep his family alive, he joins a group of boys and girls risking their lives by trading contraband. With his family gone, Aron is rescued by a doctor but with Treblinka awaiting them, will Aron manage to escape?

The Green Road by Anne Enright







Spanning thirty years, The Green Road is the story of the Madigan family and their matriarch Rosaleen. As the kids grow up, they leave Ireland and Rosaleen prepares to sell the house. As they come together for a last Christmas, memories come up and they feel their history is being sold. At the heart of this story is the idea about gaps in our hearts and how we strive to fill them.

How to Start a Fire by Lisa Lutz







Three women come together around a campfire twenty years after meeting in college, reminiscing about adventures, jealousies and tragedies that have altered the course of their lives. How to Start a Fire pulls readers deep into the lives of these three women and demonstrates just how strong a love we can have with the family we choose.


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SYNC Audiobooks


Do you like audiobooks? Good news! The SYNC audiobook program is back again this year, offering free downloads of 2 free audiobooks each week, one Young Adult title and one classic. Geared towards young adults (but available to anyone 13+), this program pairs a Young Adult novel with a classic to encouage literacy and listening in young people across the country. All you need to download the audiobooks is the OverDrive app on a mobile device or computer. Titles are refreshed every week on Thursday at 6AM and the program runs now through August 13th. Visit their website ( for more information. Below are the titles that will be available to you this year, followed by simple downloading instructions to help you get started.

syncDownloading Instructions:

  • Ensure you have the OverDrive free desktop software or app.
  • Go to and select the title you wish to download.
  • Type in your name and email and click the button that says Get your FREE download now.
  • If using the app on a phone or tablet, the book will appear on your bookshelf.
  • If using the computer software, select Run or Open (not save) to open the audiobook in the OverDrive app.







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Edgar Award Winners



Like mysteries?

The Edgar Awards were announced last week. Named after Edgar Allan Poe, the Edgars are awarded every year by the Mystery Writers of America for the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction, TV, film and theater. Below are the book winners for 2015.

Best Novel: Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King

Best First Novel by an American Author: Dry Bones in the Valley by Tom Bouman

Best Paperback Original: The Secret History of Las Vegas by Chris Abani

Best Fact Crime: Tinseltown: Murder, Morphine, and Madness at the Dawn of Hollywood by William J. Mann

Best Critical/Biographical: Poe-Land: The Hallowed Haunts of Edgar Allan Poe by J.W. Ocker

Best Short Story: “What Do You Do?” Rogues by Gillian Flynn

Best Juvenile: Greenglass House by Kate Milford

Best Young Adult: The Art of Secrets by James Klise

Mary Higgins Clark Award: The Stranger You Know by Jane Casey

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New Books for the Week of May 4, 2015

14th Deadly Sin by James Patterson








As the members of the Women’s Murder Club gather to celebrate a birthday, Detective Lindsay is called to a gruesome crime scene. As she investigates the murder, another crime surfaces. When public fear and anger grow, she must risk her life for justice.

A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson








A God in Ruins is a companion novel to Atkinson’s latest bestseller, Life After Life. Ursula’s brother Teddy tells the story of the 20th century as he navigates a changing world. This novel of one man’s path through an extraordinary time is both funny and heartbreaking.

The Book of Joan: Tales of Mirth, Mischief, and Manipulation by Melissa Rivers








The Book of Joan is a tribute to Joan Rivers by her daughter, the person who knew her best. Melissa shares lessons, anecdotes and memories as she chronicles how it was to have Joan as a mother. Fans of celebrity memoirs will love this one just in time for summer.

American Wife: A Memoir of Love, War, Faith, and Renewal by Taya Kyle with Jim DeFelice








The story of American Sniper Chris Kyle has been made popular by the recent movie of the same name depicting his story. Now, the widow of Kyle shares their journey, giving readers a new side to this heroic tale. Taya talks openly about the trials and triumphs of her life with and now without Chris.

When the Ball Drops by Brad Garrett








Brad Garrett, actor and comic, writes honestly about middle age, offering readers advice on how best to navigate this often dreaded time. He encourages readers to embrace the laughs and accept that getting older is part of life.

The Dorito Effect: The Surprising New Truth about Food and Flavor by Mark Schatzker








The Dorito Effect casts the food crisis in a new light, describing how our addiction to flavor is actually the solution we need. Schatzker details how flavor has been leeching out of the food we grow, making seemingly healthy food nutritionally empty. By enjoying flavor the way we were suppose to, the author argues we can reverse the food crisis and become healthier as a nation.

Pieces of My Mother: A Memoir by Melissa Cistaro







One summer, Melissa’s mother disappeared, leaving her and her siblings to pick up the pieces. As she sits by her dying mother decades later, she has just days to find out why her mother left. She finds letters her mother wrote but never sent, holding some of the answers she seeks. Fans of The Glass Castle will enjoy this new memoir about the emotional landscape of a child abandoned by her mother.

Church of Marvels by Leslie Perry








Four outsiders in New York City at the turn of the century find their lives connected to each other and as they do, secrets become revealed that they would prefer to remain hidden. This debut novel offers a vision of the past in a narrative of beauty that will leave readers breathless.

I Take You by Eliza Kennedy








Lily Wilder has a dream job, great friends and a wonderful fiance. But Wilder has a problem – she loves men, and six days before her wedding she begins to question her decision. Her story raises questions to readers about gender politics, monogamy and the meaning of fidelity that will have readers laughing out loud. This is arguably the first beach read being released this season, so don’t miss out on picking this up for your next trip.

The Enlightenment of Nina Findlay by Andrea Gillies 








Nina Findlay is in a love triangle with two brothers, one she married and the other her best friend whom she has always loved. Estranged from both after a separation, she escapes to a Greek Island, befriends a doctor and comes to understand the twists and turns of her romantic life and the influence of her parents’ marriage on her own.

The Wright Brothers by David McCullough








Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner David McCullough tells the behind the scenes story of the Wright brothers. Drawing on historical documents, he tells the human side to a story most of us only know the basics of, including the incredible drive and help from their sister, without whom they may not have been written into the history books.

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New Books for the Week of April 27, 2015

Hope: A Memoir of Survival in Cleveland by Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus








Two victims of the Cleveland kidnapping case share their story in this new book that has garnered a lot of media attention. Drawing upon their memories and Berry’s diary, the two survivors describe their horrific experience while journalists write about the original reporting done to help find the girls. The mix of the two sides enhances the reader’s understanding of this tragic event that anyone interested in crime and finding out the full story behind the headlines will want to pick up.

Madame President by Nicolle Wallce








Nicolle Wallace showcases a portrait of three women on a day that will change the country forever. When five attacks are leveled on U.S. soil, the President, her Secretary of Defense and the Press Secretary jump into action but all three are hiding secrets that could rock the west wing. This tale of political and domestic intrigue will keep readers engaged until the very end.

The Last Bookaneer by Matthew Pearl








Pen Davenport is the most infamous bookaneer in Europe but when a new treaty is signed, bookaneers are on the verge of extinction. Pearl tells a story of these literary thieves’ epic last heist that leads to a major conflict over a book.

The Doll Maker by Richard Montanari








Detectives Byrne and Balzano return to the streets of Philadephia to put an end to a succession of murdered children. A threat is left at the latest crime scene and the detectives have just seven days to find the murderer before he/she strikes again. This is the 8th book featuring these two detectives by Montanari.

Your Next Breath by Iris Johansen









Catherine Ling is one of the CIA’s most prized operatives. Now, as she works to build a relationship with her son, someone from her past is playing a deadly game with her. She must weed through her past to find out who is targeting her so she can track down the killer herself.

Gathering Prey by John Sandford








Sandford’s latest in the Lucas Davenport series finds Davenport helping his daughter rescue a woman she befriended. He embarks on an odyssey through a culture he’s never seen and puts himself and his daughter at risk.

Death Wears a Beauty Mask and Other Stories by Mary Higgins Clark








Death Wears a Beauty Mask and Other Stories gives readers a chance to revisit story highlights from the “Queen of Suspense.” The highlight of this collection is a never before published novella. Fans of Mary Higgins Clark won’t want to miss this compilation.

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The Los Angeles Times Book Prizes

This weekend was a big week for book award announcements. Here’s another one to check out.

The Los Angeles Times Book Prizes for the best books of 2014 were announced on Saturday, April 18th. The awards, given in 10 categories, began in 1980. Works are eligible during the year of their first US publication. The winners are listed below. Follow this link for more information about the award and the winners.

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Pulitzer Prize Winners

The 2015 Pulitzer Prize winners were announced this week. The fiction winner, All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, came as no surprise. This novel was inspired by the horrors of World War II and explores human nature and the contradictory power of technology. Elizabeth Kolbert won the nonfiction prize for The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History. Her book explores nature and forces readers to consider the threat that human behavior poses to a diverse world. Check these out from our library and take a look at the list of finalists for more book recommendations.


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Minnesota Book Award Winners

The 27th Annual Minnesota Book Awards were presented this past Saturday in St. Paul. The Book Awards seek to connect readers to Minnesota books, authors, publishers, libraries and more. In addition to presenting awards to Minnesota authors, programs and outreach activities take place each year around the state. Below are the winners in their respective categories. Click on the titles to view our catalog listings. For more information on these books, check out the Awards website.


Read one of these and loved it? Think someone else deserved to win? Let us know what you think about this year’s winners!

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New Books for the Week of April 20, 2015

Memory Man by David Baldacci

Memory Man







On his very first play as a pro football player, Amos Decker suffered a head on collision, leaving him with the ability to never forget anything. Now, as a police detective, he comes home to find his family murdered. When a man confesses a year later, Decker is brought back into the investigation and has to confront the ugly burdens to solve the case. Fans of Baldacci will love this new character and readers won’t be able to put it down.

The Bone Tree by Greg Iles

the bone tree







The Bone Tree is the second book in Iles’ epic trilogy, continuing where Natchez Burning left off. Southern Lawyer Penn Cage works to save his father and uncovers a secret – a place known as the bone tree. How far will Penn Cage go to protect those he loves? Read and find out.

Garden of Lies by Amanda Quick

garden of lies







When a member of the Kern Secretarial Agency is found dead, Ursula is convinced it was murder. With help, she works to identity the killer and in the process each must reveal their darkest secrets.

God Help the Child by Toni Morrison

gold help the child







A young woman is denied love by her mother due to her skin color and loses the man she loves due to anger. The way a childhood can shape one’s adult life comes to light through the story of this young woman by award winning author Toni Morrison.

Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town by John Krakauer








Bestselling nonfiction writer Jon Krakauer turns his attention to a series of rapes in the college town of Missoula between 2008 and 2012 in his newest book out this week. Krakauer goes in depth in a few of the rapes, chronicling the details of the crime, the aftermath and the investigations that followed. His in depth look brings up ideological questions about campus rape and how they are handled across the country, giving readers a lot to think about.

The Light of the World by Elizabeth Alexander

the light of the world







Elizabeth Alexander, a Pulitzer Prize finalist, reflects on her life after the sudden death of her husband. Reflecting on her marriage, she details the quest she embarked on to find meaning and acceptance in the wake of loss. This book is a must read for anyone who has loved and lost.

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