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Library Staff & Board Member Picks of 2020

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Mortal Engines series

by Philip Reeve

Emerging from its hiding place, the great Traction City of London is chasing a terrified little town across the wastelands. 
In the attack, Tom Natsworthy is flung from the speeding city with a murderous scar-faced girl. They must run for their lives through the wreckage -- and face a terrifying new weapon that threatens the future of the world.

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Wildcard by Marie Lu

Emika barely made it out of the Warcross Championships alive. Now that she knows the truth behind Hideo's new NeuroLink algorithm, she can no longer trust the one person she's always looked up to. And now someone's put a bounty on Emika's head, and her sole chance for survival lies with the mysterious Zero. Caught in a web of betrayal, with the future of free will at risk, just how far will Emika go to take down the man she loves?

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Born in Fire

Born in Ice

Born in Shame

 by Nora Roberts

#1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts presents the first novel in the Irish Born Trilogy—featuring three modern sisters bound by the timeless beauty of Ireland.

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Return to Virgin River

by Robyn Carr

Determined to avoid the holidays, Kaylee rents a cabin in Virgin River. Isolation will help her writing, and as she drives north through mountains & majestic redwoods, she feels inspired. Until she arrives at a cabin that has just gone up in flames. Devastated, she heads to the local bar, and is surprised to be embraced by people who are more than willing to help a friend—or a stranger—in need.

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Reading Lolita in Tehran

by Azar Nafisi

Every Thursday for 2 years in the Islamic Republic of Iran, Azar Nafisi, a bold and inspired teacher, secretly met seven of her most committed female students to read forbidden Western classics. Azar Nafisi’s masterwork gives us a rare glimpse of women’s lives in revolutionary Iran. Reading Lolita in Tehran is a remarkable exploration of resilience in the face of tyranny, and a celebration of the liberating power of literature.

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The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to talk about her glamorous & scandalous life. Regardless of why Evelyn has selected her to write this biography, Monique is going to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career. Monique listens in awe as the actress tells a tale of ambition, unexpected friendship, & a great forbidden love. Monique begins to feel a real connection to the star, but as Evelyn’s story concludes, it is clear that her life intersects with Monique’s in tragic & lasting ways.

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Shelter in Place

 by Nora Roberts

The chaos and carnage lasted only eight minutes before the killers were taken down. But for those who lived through it, the effects would last forever. But one person wasn't satisfied with the shockingly high death toll at the DownEast Mall. And as the survivors slowly heal, find shelter, and rebuild, they will discover that another conspirator is lying in wait--and this time, there might be nowhere safe to hide.

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The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson

Cussy's not only a book woman, she's also the last of her kind, her skin a shade of blue unlike most anyone else. Not everyone is keen on Cussy's family or the Library Project, and a Blue is often blamed for any whiff of trouble. If Cussy wants to bring the joy of books to the hill folks, she's going to have to confront prejudice as old as the Appalachias and suspicion as deep as the holler.

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A Man Called Ove

by Frederik Backman

Meet Ove. People call him “the bitter neighbor from hell.” But behind the cranky exterior is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove’s mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul.

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Can't Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds by David Goggins

His childhood was a nightmare - poverty, prejudice, & physical abuse. But through self-discipline  & hard work, Goggins transformed from a depressed young man into a top endurance athlete. The only man in history to complete elite training as a Navy SEAL, Army Ranger, & Air Force Tactical Air Controller, he went on to set records in many endurance events, & was named The Fittest (Real) Man in America.

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The Terminal List: A Thriller by Jack Carr

On his last combat deployment, Lt. Cdr. Reece’s entire team was killed in an ambush. When those dearest to him are murdered on the day of his homecoming, Reece discovers that this was not an act of war by a foreign enemy but a conspiracy that runs to the highest levels of government. Now, Reece applies the lessons that he’s learned in over a decade of constant warfare toward avenging the deaths of his family and teammates. 

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Get Your Life Back: Everyday Practices for a World Gone Mad

by John Eldredge

In Get Your Life Back, New York Times bestselling author John Eldredge provides a practical, simple, and refreshing guide to taking your life back.

By practicing a few wonder­fully simple practices—or what John calls “graces”—you can begin to recover your soul, disentangle from the tragedies of this broken world, and discover the restorative power of beauty.

The Staff and the Sword series by Patrick W. Carr

In the village of Callowford, Errol Stone is enlisted by a messenger with urgent missives for the hermit priest in the hills. Eager for coin, Errol agrees to this easy task, but soon finds himself hunted by deadly assassins. Forced to flee with the priest and a small band of travelers, Errol soon learns he's joined a quest that could change the fate of his kingdom.
 

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Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas

Assassin Celaena is offered  freedom on one condition: she must act as champion to the prince in a competition to find a new royal assassin. If she wins, she'll serve the kingdom for 4 years and then be granted her freedom. Then contestants start turning up dead. Celaena must figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim too. Her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could have ever imagined

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The Season

by Sarah MacLean

17 year old Lady Alexandra is strong-willed and sharp-tongued; in a house full of older brothers, she had to learn to hold her own. Not ideal for an aristocratic lady in Regency London. Yet her mother still dreams of marrying her off to someone respectable and wealthy. When the Earl of Blackmoor is mysteriously killed, Alex decides to help his son Gavin uncover the truth. In an adventure brimming with espionage, murder, & clandestine affairs, who could possibly have time to worry about finding a husband? Romance abounds as this year's season begins!

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Muse of Nightmares

by Laini Taylor

In the wake of tragedy, neither Lazlo nor Sarai are who they were before. One a god, the other a ghost, they struggle to grasp the new boundaries of their selves as dark-minded Minya holds them hostage, intent on vengeance against Weep.
Lazlo faces an unthinkable choice--save the woman he loves, or everyone else?--while Sarai feels more helpless than ever. But is she? Sometimes, only the direst need can teach us our own depths, & Sarai, the Muse of Nightmares, has not yet discovered what she's capable of.

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Faerie Tale Collection

by Jenni James

Beauty and the Beast is the first in a new series of fairy tales for young adult readers. Fans of Disney, fairy tales, and fantasy will love the Faerie Tale Collection by Jenni James. A prince by day and a wolf by night— Prince Alexander has been turned into a werewolf and has one year to find someone to love the beast and break the spell, or he will be a wolf forever. Can he balance both worlds as a human and beast, gaining the love and trust of a girl who has every reason to despise him?

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Camino Island

by John Grisham

Bruce Cable owns a popular bookstore in a sleepy town on Camino Island in Florida. He makes his real money, though, as a prominent dealer in rare books. Few people know that he occasionally dabbles in unsavory ventures. Mercer Mann is a young novelist who has recently been laid off from her teaching position. She is approached by an elegant, mysterious woman and a generous monetary offer convinces Mercer to go undercover to discover Cable's secrets.But soon Mercer learns far too much, and there's trouble in paradise.

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The Henna Artist by Alka Joshi

Escaping an abusive marriage, 17 year old Lakshmi makes her way to the vibrant city of Jaipur. She becomes the most highly requested henna artist & confidante to the wealthy women of the upper class. But trusted with the secrets of the wealthy, she can never reveal her own… As she pursues her dream of an independent life, she is startled when her husband tracks her down with a sister Lakshmi never knew she had. The caution that she carefully built as protection is threatened, yet she perseveres, applying her talents and lifting up those that surround her.

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The Book of Two Ways

by Jodi Picoult

After surviving a crash landing, the airline offers transportation wherever Dawn wants to go. The obvious option is to continue down the path she is on and go home to her family. The other is to return to the archaeological site she left years before, reconnect with her old flame Wyatt, and maybe even complete her research on the first known map of the afterlife. As the story unfolds, Dawn's two possible futures unspool side by side. Dawn must confront the questions she's never truly asked: What does a life well-lived look like? 

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