New Arrivals · All Fiction

July 28, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Refugee

July 27, 2017
Gratz, Alan, 1972- author.
New York : Scholastic Press, 2017.
338 pages : maps ; 22 cm
Although separated by continents and decades, Josef, a Jewish boy living in 1930s Nazi Germany; Isabel, a Cuban girl trying to escape the riots and unrest plaguing her country in 1994; and Mahmoud, a Syrian boy in 2015 whose homeland is torn apart by violence and destruction, embark on harrowing journeys in search of refuge, discovering shocking connections that tie their stories together.

The list

July 27, 2017
Forde, Patricia, author.
Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, [2017]
353 pages ; 22 cm
"Originally published in 2014 in Ireland by Little Island Books."
Letta, charged with collecting and saving words, uncovers a sinister plan to suppress language, robbing the people of Ark of the power of speech, and realizes she must also save the culture, itself.

In 27 days

July 27, 2017
Gervais, Alison, author.
Grand Rapids, Michigan : Blink, [2017]
349 pages ; 22 cm
Includes interview with the author and discussion questions (pages 345-348).
Hadley Jamison is shocked when she hears that her classmate, Archer Morales, has committed suicide. She didn't know the quiet, reserved guy that well, but that doesn't stop her from feeling there was something she could have done to help him. Hoping to find some sense of closure, Hadley attends Archer's funeral. There, Hadley is approached by a man who calls himself Death and offers her a deal. If Hadley accepts, she will be sent back twenty-seven days in time to prevent Archer from killing himself. But when Hadley agrees to Death's terms and goes back to right the past, she quickly learns her mission is harder than she ever could have known. Hadley soon discovers Archer's reasons for being alone, and Archer realizes that having someone to confide in isn't as bad as he'd always thought. But when a series of dangerous accidents starts pushing them apart, Hadley must decide whether she is ready to risk everying - including her life - to keep Archer alive.

16 ways to break a heart

July 27, 2017
Strasnick, Lauren, author.
New York : Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2017.
194 pages ; 22 cm

The way it hurts

July 27, 2017
Blount, Patty, author.
Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Fire, [2017]
391 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Guitarist Elijah and actress Kristen connect after unusual circumstances bring them together, but cruelty from strangers online and Kristen's strict father threaten their relationship.

Girl in snow : a novel

July 27, 2017
Kukafka, Danya, author.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2017.
357 pages ; 24 cm
"When fifteen-year-old Lucinda Hayes is found dead in her sleepy Colorado suburb, the secret lives of three people connected to her are revealed: the social outcast who loved her from afar, the jaded girl who despised her, and the policeman investigating her death."--Provided by publisher.

Miles Morales, Spider-man

July 27, 2017
Reynolds, Jason, author.
Los Angeles ; New York : Marvel Press, 2017.
261 pages ; 22 cm
"Brooklyn Visions Academy student Miles Morales may not always want to be a super hero, but he must come to terms with his identity--and deal with a villainous teacher--as the new Spider Man"-- Provided by publisher.

Sleeper

July 27, 2017
Cadenhead, MacKenzie, author.
Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Fire, [2017]
264 pages ; 21 cm
A sleep disorder causes Sarah to act out her dreams, including nearly killing the school's "queen bee," but when she and new friend Wes try an experimental drug cure, they discover they can now control other dreamers.

Knight on the Texas plains

July 27, 2017
Broday, Linda, author.
©2017
344 pages ; 18 cm
Includes an excerpt from "To marry a Texas outlaw" by Linda Broday (pages [307]-344).
"Originally published in 2002 in the United States by Leisure Books, an imprint of Dorchester Publishing, New York"--Title page verso.
"Duel McClain has lost everything he's ever loved: his wife, his son, his sense of self. But when a strange twist of fate--and a poker game he'll never forget--leaves an innocent little girl in his care, Duel vows to defend his new family to his very last breath. If only he knew a single thing about taking care of babies...Just as Duel swears his life can't get any more complicated, a beautiful woman stumbles into the light of his campfire, desperate for help. Jessie Foltry is hungry, tired, and running for her life. She agrees to help Duel care for the child in exchange for his protection, even as she fights to guard her broken heart. But Duel will do whatever it takes to make Jessie see that the Texas plains have more than one kind of knight, and perhaps their salvation is closer than either of them could have dreamed..."--Publisher's website.

Phulānī

July 27, 2017
Lāmichāne, Khagendra, author.
Kāṭhamāḍauṃ : Buka-Hila Pablikeśana, 2073 [2016]
186 pages, 1 unnumbered page ; 20 cm
Short stories.
Ghanaghase -- Prādhyāpakako kāra viyoga -- Phulānī -- Bāra labha -- Bāusapko sāikala -- Aṭalabahādurako ātaṅka -- Ḍān̐ḍāmāthiko prema.

Svjetlo koje ne vidimo

July 27, 2017
Doerr, Anthony, 1973- author.
Sarajevo : Šahinpašić, 2015.
463 pages ; 23 cm.
"Dobitnik Pulitzerove nagrade za književnost 2015"--Cover.
Marie Laure lives with her father in Paris within walking distance of the Museum of Natural History where he works as the master of the locks (there are thousands of locks in the museum). When she is six, she goes blind, and her father builds her a model of their neighborhood, every house, every manhole, so she can memorize it with her fingers and navigate the real streets with her feet and cane. When the Germans occupy Paris, father and daughter flee to Saint-Malo on the Brittany coast, where Marie-Laure's agoraphobic great uncle lives in a tall, narrow house by the sea wall. In another world in Germany, an orphan boy, Werner, grows up with his younger sister, Jutta, both enchanted by a crude radio Werner finds. He becomes a master at building and fixing radios, a talent that wins him a place at an elite and brutal military academy and, ultimately, makes him a highly specialized tracker of the Resistance. Werner travels through the heart of Hitler Youth to the far-flung outskirts of Russia, and finally into Saint-Malo, where his path converges with Marie-Laure. Interweaving the lives of Marie-Laure and Werner, Doerr illuminates the ways, against all odds, people try to be good to one another.

The velveteen daughter : a novel

July 26, 2017
Huber, Laurel Davis, author.
©2017
399 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 22 cm
The Velveteen Daughter reveals for the first time the true story of two remarkable women: Margery Williams Bianco, the author of one of the most beloved children's books of all time-- The Velveteen Rabbit --and her daughter Pamela, a world-renowned child prodigy artist whose fame at one time greatly eclipses her mother's. But celebrity at such an early age exacts a great toll. Pamela's dreams elude her as she struggles with severe depressions, an overbearing father, an obsessive love affair, and a spectacularly misguided marriage. Throughout, her life raft is her mother.The glamorous art world of Europe and New York in the early 20th century and a supporting cast of luminaries--Eugene O'Neill and his wife Agnes (Margery's niece), Pablo Picasso, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, and Richard Hughes, author of A High Wind in Jamaica --provide a vivid backdrop to the Biancos' story. From the opening pages, the novel will captivate readers with its multifaceted and illuminating observations on art, family, and the consequences of genius touched by madness.

Separate and parallel : the tale of two sisters

July 26, 2017
Williams, Beverly Park, author.
[Place of publication not identified] : [CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform], [2017]
xi, 410 pages ; 22 cm
"Book one"-- Spine.
"The carefree 1920's in Cincinnati, Ohio...Clarissa is a teenage girl, adopted at 3 months old and raised as a maid in the home of her wealthy aunt and uncle. One evening she is convinced to sneak out of the house under the supervision of her older cousin. At the local dance club Clarissa meets Sam, a wealthy young soldier just returning from WWI. They fall in love. Neither family approves of the relationship. Despite the constant resistance to their infatuation, Clarissa and Sam travel across the state line to Kentucky to be married. It is Valentine's Day and Clarissa is pregnant. With no home of their own and no means of financial support Clarissa and Sam are relegated to live in Sam's family attic. Sam relents to work in his father's construction business and Clarissa surrenders to the role of maid to Sam's parents"--Back cover.

The blood of before

July 26, 2017
Hale, Scott, 1987- author.
[Place of publication not identified] : [Scott Hale], 2017.
270 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Cover title.
"Book .1"--Spine.
The house of a thousand hearts -- That which walks behind the graves -- The easiest job in the world -- Black occult macabre vol. 1 issue 7 -- Nights in white satin -- The black hours.
"The Blood of Before by Scott Hale is an anthology of six interconnected horror stories that take place before 'The bones of the Earth' series. [...] From the darkest violence to the blackest humor, The Blood of Before is a glimpse into the horrors that led up to the Trauma and continue to affect the world of 'The bones of the Earth.'"--Provided by publisher.

5 Sheeko

July 26, 2017
Axmed F. Cali, collector or editor.
©2016
176 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Wiilwaal -- Mataan-ciideed -- Aadan Galaydh -- ShireJaamac-Gaar -- Tuurgadaal.

Sahan = Reconnaissance

July 26, 2017
Abdullahi Noor Hassan, (Shino), author.
© 2015.
207 pages ; 22 cm
"This is a very interesting story featuring wisdom of life and the fact that real love, and depth of knowledge about the conditions of our country, our people, government, and immature revolutionary experience. It is a lesson for us..."--cataloger's summary and approximate translation of cover.

Yarım kalan bazı aşklar

July 26, 2017
Karaağaç, Ece, author.
İstanbul : Alakarga Roman, 2017.
187 pages ; 20 cm
Turkish fiction.

Aḥoto shel ha-nagar = The carpenter's sister

July 26, 2017
|6880-01 Magen, Mira, author.
|6880-03 Or Yehudah : Zemorah-Bitan, 03.2015.
319 pages ; 21 cm

Dragonsworn

July 25, 2017
Kenyon, Sherrilyn, 1965- author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2017.
ix, 336 pages ; 24 cm.
"There is nothing in the universe the cursed dragon, Falcyn, hates more than humanity, except Greek humans. In a war he wanted no part of, they systematically destroyed everything he'd ever cared for. Now he waits for the day when evolution will finally rid him of the human vermin. Medea was born the granddaughter of the Greek god Apollo, and among the first of his people that he cursed to die. But she will not let anyone rule her life. Not even her notorious grandfather. And when Apollo sends a new plague to destroy what remains of her people, she refuses to stand by and watch him take everything she loves from her again. This time, she knows of a secret weapon that can stop the ancient god and his army of demons. Once and for all. However, said device is in the hands of a dragon who wants nothing to do with politics, the gods, humanity, demons or Apollites. And especially not her. He is the immovable object. She is the unstoppable force. When Apollo makes a strategic move that backfires, he forces Falcyn back into play. Now Medea either has the weapon she needs to save her people, or she's unleashed total Armageddon. If she can't find some way to control the dragon before it's too late, Falcyn will be an even worse plague on the world than the one Apollo has set loose. But how can anyone control a demonic dragon whose sole birthright is world annihilation?"-- Provided by publisher.

Changes in latitudes / Jen Malone.

July 25, 2017
Malone, Jen, author.
©2017
378 pages ; 21 cm
All Cassie wants is to get some solid ground under her following the shock of her parents' divorce. So when she learns of her mom's plans to take Cass and her brother, Drew, on a four-month sailing trip from Oregon to Mexico, she's stunned. There is absolutely nothing solid about the Pacific Ocean. Cassie is furious. And nervous. It's been hard enough keeping Drew sheltered from what Cassie knows about their mother's role in breaking their family apart, but living in such close quarters threatens to push her anger past its tipping point. Enter Jonah, a whip-smart deckhand who's as gorgeous as he is flirtatious. Cassie tries to keep him at a distance, but the more time they spend together - wandering San Francisco, riding beachside roller coasters, and exploring the California coastline - the harder it is to fight the attraction. Cassie wants to let herself go, but her parents' split has left her feeling adrift in a sea of questions she can't even begin to answer. Can she forgive her mom? Will home ever feel the same? Should she take a chance on Jonah? With life's unpredictable tides working against her, Cassie must decide whether to swim against them... or dive right in.

The special ones

July 25, 2017
Bailey, Em, author.
©2016
298 pages ; 22 cm
"Originally published in Australia by Hardie Grant Egmont in 2016"--Copyright page.
"When four young people are taken against their will to become part of a cult, they are worshiped by their followers and become lost in their new reality--but what happens if they rebel against the one holding them captive?"-- Provided by publisher.

Witchtown

July 25, 2017
Oakes, Cory Putman, author.
Boston ; New York : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2017]
310 pages : illustration ; 22 cm
When Macie O'Sullivan and her manipulative mother Aubra arrive at the gates of Witchtown-- the most famous and mysterious witch-only haven in the world-- they have one goal in mind: to rob it for all it's worth. That plan derails when Macie and Aubra start to dig deeper into Witchtown's history and uncover that there is more to the quirky haven than meets the eye. Secrets are worth more than money in Witchtown... they have their own power.

Everything all at once

July 25, 2017
Leno, Katrina, author.
New York, NY : HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017]
360 pages ; 22 cm
When her struggles with anxiety worsen in the aftermath of a family death, Lottie is bequeathed a series of letters from her late aunt, a best-selling author, who leaves instructions to help Lottie overcome her fears and explore her own literary voice.

The inevitable collision of Birdie & Bash

July 25, 2017
Ganger, Candace, author.
New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2017.
312 pages ; 22 cm
Told from both perspectives, Birdie and Bash, high school students from very different circumstances, face a horrible tragedy that links them and threatens their budding relationship.

Indigo Lake

July 25, 2017
Thomas, Jodi, author.
©2017
393 pages : 24 cm
Indigo Lake -- Winter's camp.
Blade Hamilton is the last of his line. He's never even heard of Crossroads, Texas, until he inherits land there. Riding in on his vintage Harley-Davidson, Blade finds a weathered ranch house, an empty prairie and a dark river that cuts a decisive path between the Hamiltons' land and that of their estranged neighbors. When Dakota helps a stranger on the roadside, she isn't prepared for the charisma of the man on the motorbike -- or for the last name he bears: Hamilton, of her family's sworn enemies, representing all she's been raised to loather. The problem is, it looks like Blade is in town to stay, and there's something about his wolf-gray eyes she just can't ignore. Lauren Brigman feels adrift. Unhappy in work and unlucky in love, she knows she ought to be striving for more, but she's never truly at peace unless she's at home in Crossroads. If the wider world can't satisfy her, is home truly where her heart is? -- Provided by publisher.

Arrowood

July 25, 2017
Finlay, Mick, author.
Don Mills, Ontario : Mira, [2017]
361 pages ; 21 cm
1895: London's scared. A killer haunts the city's streets. The poor are hungry; crime bosses are taking control; the police force stretched to breaking point. While the rich turn to Sherlock Holmes, the celebrated private detective rarely visits the densely populated streets of South London, where the crimes are sleazier and the people are poorer. In a dark corner of Southwark, victims turn to a man who despises Holmes, his wealthy clientele and his showy forensic approach to crime: Arrowood self-taught psychologist, occasional drunkard and private investigator. When a man mysteriously disappears and Arrowood's best lead is viciously stabbed before his eyes, he and his sidekick Barnett face their toughest quest yet: to capture the head of the most notorious gang in London.

Incarnate : a novel

July 25, 2017
Stolberg, Josh, 1971- author.
New York : Emily Bestler Books/Atria Paperback, 2017.
342 pages ; 21 cm.
"Brilliant psychiatric resident Dr. Kim Patterson has one major flaw: she is too committed to her patients. Her willingness to break the rules and use unconventional methods to help her patients heal has already gotten her thrown out of several hospitals. And when Scarlett Hascall is brought into the psychiatric ward, Kim can't resist getting involved, even if it means breaking protocol--because Kim can see what the other doctors cannot. Scarlett is suffering from a rare condition: Dissociative Identity Disorder, otherwise known as Multiple Personalities. But even Kim is at a loss when she realizes that some of Scarlett's alternate identities are claiming to be people who have gone missing from their town."--Provided by publisher.

Inferno squad

July 25, 2017
Golden, Christie, author.
©2017
307 pages ; 25 cm
"Based on characters and story developed by Motive Studios, EA, and Lucasfilm for Star Wars Battlefront II."--Title page.
After the humiliating theft of the Death Star plans and the destruction of the battle station, the Empire is on the defensive. But not for long. In retaliation, the elite Imperial soldiers of Inferno Squad have been called in for the crucial mission of infiltrating and eliminating the partisans--the rebel faction once led by notorious Republic freedom fighter Saw Gerrera. Following the death of their leader, the partisans have carried on his extremist legacy, determined to thwart the Empire--no matter the cost. Now the Inferno Squad must prove their status as the best of the best and take down the partisans from within. But the growing threat of being discovered in their enemy's midst turns an already dangerous operation into a do-or-die acid test they dare not fail. To protect and preserve the Empire, what lengths will Inferno Squad go to ... and how far beyond them? -- From dust jacket.

Lovemurder

July 25, 2017
Black, Saul, author.
©2016
345 pages ; 25 cm.
"When she's called to the murder scene, the last thing San Francisco Homicide detective Valerie Hart is expecting is for Katherine Glass to walk back into her life. Six years earlier, revulsion and fascination had gripped the nation in equal measure, as beautiful, intelligent, charming--and utterly evil--Katherine Glass had been convicted on six counts of Murder One. But the freshly-mutilated corpse in the ground-floor apartment bears all the hallmarks of Katherine's victims. And then there's the note, with its chilling implications. Addressed to Valerie. To stop the slaughter, Valerie has no choice. She must ask Katherine Glass to help her decipher the killer's twisted message. But that means re-entering the pitch-black labyrinth that is Katherine's mind, and this time Valerie isn't so sure which one of them will survive"-- Provided by publisher.

The lying game

July 25, 2017
Ware, Ruth, author.
©2017
370 pages ; 24 cm
Four girls are best friends and inseparable at Salten, a second-rate boarding school near the cliffs of the England Channel. They are notorious for playing the Lying Game, telling lies to both fellow boarders and faculty. Their little game has consequences when they soon learn their shared past was not as safely buried as they had once hoped.

The marriage pact : a novel

July 25, 2017
Richmond, Michelle, 1970- author.
©2017
414 pages ; 25 cm
Picture-perfect newlyweds Alice and Jake are unexpectedly initiated into a mysterious organization designed to keep marriages happy and intact through seemingly sensible rules that become increasingly exacting and subject to brutal enforcement.

Penance of the damned

July 25, 2017
Tremayne, Peter, author.
New York : Minotaur Books, 2017.
338 pages ; 24 cm.

First we were IV

July 25, 2017
Sirowy, Alexandra, author.
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2017.
436 pages ; 22 cm
Hoping to ensure their friendship will outlast high school, Izzie and her friends form a secret society devoted to mischief that rights wrongs and pays back debts, but it spirals out of control when the whole town wants to participate.

Too Scot to handle

July 25, 2017
Burrowes, Grace, author.
©2017
361 pages : genealogical table ; 17 cm.
Includes excerpt from No Other Duke Will Do : Windham brides #3.
"As a captain in the army, Colin MacHugh led men, fixed what was broken, and fought hard. Now that he's a titled gentleman, he's still fighting-this time to keep his bachelorhood safe from all the marriage-minded debutantes. Then he meets the intriguing Miss Anwen Windham, whose demure nature masks a bonfire waiting to roar to life. When she asks for his help to raise money for the local orphanage, he's happy to oblige. Anwen is amazed at how quickly Lord Colin takes in hand a pack of rambunctious orphan boys. Amazed at how he actually listens to her ideas. Amazed at the thrill she gets from the rumble of his Scottish burr and the heat of his touch. But not everyone enjoys the success of an upstart. And Colin has enemies who will stop at nothing to ruin him and anybody he holds dear" -- Provided by publisher.

Whispers through a megaphone

July 25, 2017
Elliott, Rachel (Psychotherapist), author.
©2015
350 pages ; 21 cm
35-year-old Miriam hasn't left her house in three years, and cannot raise her voice above a whisper. But today she has had enough, and is finally ready to rejoin the outside world. Maybe it's time to stop living in the shadow of her abusive dead mother? Meanwhile, Ralph has made the mistake of opening a closet door, only to discover with a shock that his wife Sadie doesn't love him, and never has. And so he decides to run away. Miriam and Ralph's chance meeting in a wood during stormy weather marks the beginning of an amusing, restorative friendship.

All about him

July 25, 2017
Tucker, Pat (Novelist), author.
©2017
231 pages ; 21 cm

All or nothing at all

July 25, 2017
Probst, Jennifer, author.
New York : Gallery Books, 2017.
373 pages ; 21 cm.
"HGTV's Property Brothers meets The Marriage Bargain in this third volume in the Billionaire Builders series, an all-new, heart-wrenching, and sexy contemporary romance from New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Probst. Tristan Pierce left the family business to carve out a life of his own, but never forgot his passionate affair with the much younger, inexperienced Sydney Greene, or the hurtful breakup that tore him apart. When he's forced to return home and face his past, will he be able to carve out a future, or will lies ruin his second chance at love? Sydney Greene loved Tristan her entire life but when he left, he took not only her heart, but her trust along with him. Now that they're together again, it's time they both face the biggest secret of all..."-- Provided by publisher.

The beautiful dream of life : a novel

July 25, 2017
Zapata, Domingo, author.
New York : Gallery Books, 2017.
307 pages ; 24 cm
"World renowned painter Rodrigo seemingly has it all: a multi-million dollar loft in SoHo; a talent for creativity that seems never ending; a recurring invitation to the exclusive modern art exhibit Art Basel; and lovers by the dozen. But what his longtime admirers don't see is Rodrigo's deep frustration with the world around him: the wild and sinfully luxurious parties have lost their luster, those who worship him and those who work for him seemingly do so out of greed, and worst of all, his art has lost meaning. As he begins to slip further and further into the rabbit hole of despair, so begins his descent into madness, culminating with a beautiful, pristine vision in the shape of the perfect woman: Carlotta. As the lines between reality and fantasy slowly begin to blur and fade, Rodrigo finds himself at a very difficult crossroads: will he choose to live in his imagined world with the woman of his dreams by his side, or make a swift return to sanity, success, and the life he was always supposed to live?"-- Provided by publisher.

The dream keeper's daughter : a novel

July 25, 2017
Colin, Emily A., 1975- author.
New York : Ballantine Books, 2017.
465 pages ; 21 cm
"Isabel Griffin has done her best to move on since her boyfriend, Max Adair, vanished without a trace eight years ago, leaving her heartbroken--and pregnant. Eerily enough, this isn't the first time someone Isabel loves has gone missing. When she was sixteen, her mother disappeared, and her father became obsessed with finding his long-lost wife--at the expense of parenting Isabel. Determined not to repeat her father's mistakes, Isabel works hard to become a respected archaeologist and a loving mother to her daughter, Finn, a little girl with very unusual abilities. But while Isabel is on a dig in Barbados, she receives a disturbing phone call. The hauntingly familiar voice on the other end speaks just four words--"Isabel. Keep her safe."--before they're disconnected. Isabel tries to convince herself that the caller can't possibly be Max. But what if it is, and Finn is in danger? As one mysterious event after another occurs, she can't shake the feeling that, despite what everyone else believes, Finn's father is alive--and he's desperately trying to reach her"--Back cover.

The unholy consult

July 25, 2017
Bakker, R. Scott, author.
©2017
620 pages : maps ; 24 cm.
As the grand crusade of the Great Ordeal devolves into cannibalism and chaos, Exalt-General Proyas attempts to gain control of the lost Men--but it rapidly becomes clear that the lost Lord-and-Prophet hasn't given up. When Sorweel, Believer-King of Sakarpus, and Serwa, daughter of the Aspect-Emperor, join the Great Ordeal, they discover the Shortest path is not always the most obvious, or the safest. Souls, morality, and relationships are called into question when no one can be trusted, and the price for their sins is greater than they imagined. -- from dust jacket.

Vengeance is mine, all others pay cash

July 25, 2017
Kurniawan, Eka, 1975- author.
New York : New Directions, 2017.
209 pages (large print) ; 21 cm.
Originally published as Seperti dendam, rindu harus dibayar tuntas.
"Told in short, cinematic bursts, Vengeance Is Mine, All Others Pay Cash is gloriously pulpy. Ajo Kawir, a lower-class Javanese teenage boy excited about sex, likes to spy on fellow villagers in flagrante. But one night he ends up witnessing the savage rape of a beautiful crazy woman by two policemen. Deeply traumatized, he becomes impotent. His efforts to get his virility back all fail, and Ajo Kawir turns to fighting as a way to vent his frustrations. He gets such a fearsome reputation as a brawler that he is hired to kill a thug named The Tiger, but instead Ajo Kawir falls in love with Iteung, a gorgeous female bodyguard, who works for the local mafia. Alas, the course of true love never did run smooth ... Fast-forward a decade. Now a truck driver, Ajo Kawir has reached a new equanimity, thinking that his penis may be trying to teach him a lesson and even consulting it in many situations as if it were his guru--and love may yet triumph."--Provided by publisher.

If the creek don't rise : a novel

July 25, 2017
Weiss, Leah, 1947- author.
Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Landmark, [2017]
305 pages ; 21 cm.
"In a North Carolina mountain town filled with moonshine and rotten husbands, Sadie Blue is only the latest girl to face a dead-end future at the mercy of a dangerous drunk. She's been married to Roy Tupkin for fifteen days, and she knows now that she should have listened to the folks who said he was trouble. But when a stranger sweeps in and knocks the world off-kilter for everyone in town, Sadie begins to think there might be more to life than being Roy's wife."--Provided by publisher

Murder at Chateau sur Mer

July 25, 2017
Maxwell, Alyssa, author.
New York, NY : Kensington Books, 2017.
278 pages ; 22 cm.
As a nineteenth century society reporter covering a polo match, Emma Cross must take note of the real players off the field—Newport’s well-bred elite. But the fashionable façade is breached when a woman in gaudy clothing creates a scene demanding to speak to the wife of Senator George Wetmore—until she is escorted off the grounds by the police.

Regina Shen : Resilience

July 25, 2017
Erlick, Lance, author.
© 2015.
227 pages ; 22 cm
Regina Shen is an outcast forced to fend for herself in a world that bans books. An approaching storm could be the least of her problems. The World Federation condemns Regina and her family to live on the seaward side of barrier walls. Those walls were built to hold back rising seas caused by abrupt climate change. A hurricane threatens to destroy Regina's world, tearing her from sister, mom, and home. Now Federation agents claim she has unique DNA that could single-handedly stop human extinction. It's too bad she doesn't trust them enough to barter fairly, let alone with her life. Three-hundred-plus-year-old Grand Old Dames rule the all-female Federation using a rigid caste system. Their notorious Department of Antiquities, under the command of Chief Inspector Joanne Demarco, polices barrier walls, destroys knowledge from the past to suppress dissent, and pursues Regina for her genome. Regina survives by her wits on swampy islands and thrives on salvage from sunken cities, including illegal print books from before the Federation. With her photographic memory, she defies Antiquities by consuming salvaged books not available in the Federation, which makes her an outcast among her peers. Separated from sister, mom, and home, with Antiquities in pursuit, Regina fights to stay alive and avoid capture while hunting for family. Does she have the resilience to survive both the storm and Antiquities?

The three heretics

July 25, 2017
Hale, Scott, author.
[Place of publication not identified] : [Scott Hale], 2016.
501 pages : map ; 23 cm
Sequel to: The Bones of the Earth.
"Book two"--Spine.
"Through hell, we find heaven. Vrana, now a grotesque shadow of her former self, has been enslaved by the Witch and forced into the Void. Meanwhile, the Corrupted involved in the genocide of Geharra and the birth of the Red Worm have begun to impose their worldviews on others. King Edgar is abandoned in the Nameless Forest and forced into a murderous mission that not only reveals the origins of the vermillion veins, but the unholy events that have led to his rule of Eldrus. Atticus, the undying gravedigger, seeks revenge against the king for the death of those he loves, while finding a way through the Black Hour itself to resurrect the dead. Felix, the Holy Child, plagued by visions of Vrana in his sleep, tries to find a way to liberate her from her torment. Unsure who he can trust, he is pulled further into the darkness and treason all around him. Taking place before, during, and after Vrana's journey, The Three Heretics explores those three Corrupted who have, through subterfuge and slaughter, righteousness and reluctance, manipulated the world to their liking, while inadvertently bringing it closer to another Trauma."--Back cover.

The bones of the Earth

July 25, 2017
Hale, Scott, 1987- author.
[Place of publication not identified] : [CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform], [2015]
i, 301 pages ; 23 cm
It's been two hundred years since the Trauma, a catastrophic event of a now forgotten origin, wreaked havoc upon the Earth, reducing the human population from billions to thousands, and leaving the survivors as prey to humanoid hunters. Vrana of the Raven is one of these hunters. Her tribe has made killing humans, now known as the Corrupted, its purpose--to "keep the balance"--to ensure that the Corrupted do not rise to power and lay the Earth to ruin once more. But, one night, in the great northern city-state of Geharra, over ten thousand Corrupted disappear. And if so many can disappear so quickly, what's to stop it from happening again elsewhere, or to Vrana's own? Geharra, however, is not the only place to suffer from strange happenings. In Caldera, Vrana sleeps fitfully, dreaming of a Void and the Witch trapped within. When she is called upon to travel with Serra, Lucan, and Deimos to the abandoned city, she accepts, but only to get away from Caldera, because the Witch that haunts her nightmares has begun to haunt her days.

The greatest challenge of them all

July 25, 2017
Laurens, Stephanie, author.
©2017
380 pages ; 22 cm.
Lord Drake Varisey receives unwelcome assistance from Lady Louisa Cynster in his efforts to foil a plot against England and the realm.

The lady by his side

July 25, 2017
Laurens, Stephanie, author.
©2017
248 pages : maps ; 22 cm.
A marquess in need of the right bride. An earl's daughter in search of a purpose. A betrayal that ends in murder and balloons into a threat to the realm. Sebastian Cynster knows time is running out. If he doesn't choose a wife soon, his female relatives will line up to assist him.

Never forget

July 25, 2017
Hedlund, Jody, author.
[United States] : Northern Lights Press, [2017].
345 pages ; 22 cm.
"Abbie Watson is content to spend her days clamming, crabbing, and tending Rose Island Lighthouse. Her grandpa is the head light keeper, but his senility may lead to their eviction. Since leaving the island would kill her beloved Gramps, Abbie will do anything to keep him in the one place he knows and loves. Wealthy Nathaniel Winthrop III's wild living has gained him a reputation as the 'bad boy' among the elite social circles of Newport. After a blow to the head in a yachting accident washes him up on Rose Island, Nathaniel has no memories of his past. Abbie tends the wounded stranger in her home only to realize he assumes they're married. Although she knows she needs to correct Nathaniel's mistake, his presence calms Gramps and provides a way to prevent eviction from the lighthouse. The longer the charade continues, the harder it gets for Abbie to tell Nathaniel the truth, more so as she begins to fall in love. Everyone she's ever loved has abandoned her. Will Nathaniel leave her too, once he discovers he's not really her husband?"--Back cover.

Cold air return : a novel

July 25, 2017
O'Keeffe, Patrick (Patrick Lawrence), 1949- author.
©2017
385 pages ; 23 cm
"Eugene, at twelve, discovers that he can listen in on the grownups. A cold air return register in his bedroom, tied to ducts within the walls of his house, is a portal to the adult world around him. But that world puts severe demands on his innocence, suddenly forcing him to face concerns more mature than he is, and, ultimately, to confront the person within him. ... It is about tradition, prejudice, discovery, sex, and cultural values. The story explores who we are, probing the essence of family, camaraderie, community, love, and even baseball." –Nancy Dunham, former non-fiction editor of The Heartland Today

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