New Arrivals · All Fiction

August 1, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.


July 31, 2015
Powers, J. L. (Jessica Lynn), 1974-
Sydney : Allen & Unwin, 2013.
183 pages : map ; 20 cm.
Record machine-generated from publisher information.
Amina lives on the edges of Mogadishu. Her family's house has been damaged in Somalia's long civil war, but they continue to live there, reluctant to leave their home. Amina's world is shattered when government forces come to arrest her father because his art has been officially censored, deemed too political. Then rebel forces kidnap Amina's brother, forcing him to become a soldier in Somalia's brutal ongoing war. Although her mother and grandmother are still with her, Amina feels vulnerable and abandoned. Secretly, she begins to create her own artwork in the streets and the derelict buildings to give herself a sense of hope and to let out the burden of her heart. Her artwork explodes into Mogadishu's underground world, providing a voice for people all over the city who hope for a better, more secure future.


July 31, 2015
Carey, Edward, 1970- author, illustrator.
New York, NY : The Overlook Press, 2015.
325 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
Originally published in the United Kingdom by Hot Key Books in 2014.
"At the Iremonger mansion, set in the trash heaps of an alternate Victorian London, Grandfather Umbitt Iremonger has found a way to make objects assume the shapes of people, and how to turn people into objects. Will outcast grandson Clod--transformed into a gold coin--and servant girl Lucy (now a discarded button) be found and returned to human form?"-- Provided by publisher.

This broken wondrous world

July 31, 2015
Skovron, Jon.
New York : Viking, published by Penguin Group, [2015]
365 pages ; 22 cm
Sequel to: Man made Boy.
As Boy, the hacker son of Frankenstein's Monster and the Bride, moves to Switzerland to enroll in college, the secret world of monsters and mythical creatures, hiding in plain sight, is torn apart by conflict.


July 31, 2015
Strickland, AdriAnne, 1984-
Woodbury, Minnesota : Flux, [2015]
305 pages : genealogical table ; 21 cm
Sequel to: Wordless.
Now a prisoner in Eden City, Tavin Barnes is cursed with being the next Word of Death and can kill with a touch, but Ryse, the Godspeaker charged with Tavin's training, is pushing him to be an elite assassin and he must rally his fellow Words in order to subvert the Godspeakers' master plan of dominating an illiterate wordless class.


July 31, 2015
Jaimet, Kate, 1969- author.
Scottsdale, AZ : The Poisoned Pencil, an imprint of Poisoned Pen Press, 2015.
viii, 186 pages ; 22 cm.
Hayley Makk. She's the kind of girl who talks tough, bleeds ink, and can handle the discovery of a dead body with sang froid--even if she is only seventeen. But she's pulled off her first big scoop (which involves an isolated shack spattered in human blood) by her dad, who sends her instead on a research trip with her former biology teacher, Ms. Cameron, to locate and study a rare sea turtle and earn the final credit for her high school diploma. Hayley reluctantly embarks on the science assignment, accompanied by a socially clueless fellow-student, Ernest, who turns out to be a tree-hugger of the first degree. They spot the turtle, but can't tag the elusive creature. The voyage takes a sinister twist when a fishing boat appears, apparently intent on capturing the turtle at any cost. When shots are fired, Ms. Cameron halts the expedition and returns to Halifax. Back on the story of the blood-streaked shack, Hayley learns from nineteen-year-old RCMP Constable Alex Turpin that the cops believe a local teen was murdered there in a botched drug deal. Hayley uncovers a connection between the murder and the rare sea turtle, and discovers that there are other kinds of things that can be trafficked illegally besides drugs.

How to say I love you out loud

July 31, 2015
Cozzo, Karole.
New York : Swoon Reads, 2015.
217 pages ; 21 cm
Includes readers guide.
When Jordyn's autistic brother joins her at her elite school her junior year, she is determined not to let anyone know they are related, even if that means closing herself off to her closest friends Erin, Tanu, and Alex, the football captain she secretly loves.


July 31, 2015
Harmon, Michael B.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, [2015]
231 pages ; 22 cm
"Stick, a star football player who's become disenchanted with the game, becomes friends with Preston, a nerdy kid who fights crime by night"-- Provided by publisher.

The Shadow of Seth : [a Seth Anomundy murder mystery]

July 31, 2015
Llewellyn, Tom (Thomas Richard), 1964- author.
Scottsdale, AZ : The Poisoned Pencil, 2015.
viii, 174 pages ; 21 cm.
Subtitle from cover.
Sixteen-year-old Seth Anomundy is a product of his environment: in this case, Tacoma, Washington. What L.A. was to Chandler, Tacoma--a working-class port city now undergoing urban renewal--is to author Tom Llewellyn. Seth has grown up in Tacoma's tough neighborhoods, where he's perfectly at home in Choo-Choo's boxing gym and Miss Irene's soul food palace, the Shotgun Shack. With his mom working nights as a cleaner, Seth goes to high school, gets decent grades, and makes money where he can: filling in as cook at the Shotgun Shack, working as a sparring partner, and running errands for Nadel, the clock repairman. Life is hand-to-mouth, but okay--until he gets the news that his mother has been killed. The police don't care about the death of just another drug addict, so a bewildered Seth takes it upon himself to find the killer. On a clock delivery run, he meets a beautiful rich girl named Azura Lear, who encourages Seth and tries to help track down the killer. But instead of finding answers, Seth finds only trouble. He faces down a gang of baseball-bat-wielding high school jocks and deals with the contempt of Azura's suspicious father. And then there's King George--a teenage thug Seth has previously managed to avoid--who has for some reason let it be known that he wants Seth dead. Right now.

The girl at the center of the world

July 31, 2015
Aslan, Austin, author.
New York : Wendy Lamb Books, [2015]
340 pages : maps ; 22 cm
Sequel to The islands at the end of the world.
As sixteen-year-old Leilani and her family learn to live without electronics, farming the land as her ancestors did, she finds strength in her relatives, her strange connection to the Emerald Orchid--a being whose presence caused global devastation--and her friendship with Aukina but suffers regret over what she had to do to survive.

Public enemies

July 31, 2015
Aguirre, Ann, author.
New York : Feiwel and Friends, an imprint of Macmillan, 2015.
378 pages ; 22 cm
"Through a Faustian bargain, Edie Kramer has been pulled into the dangerous world of the Immortal Game, where belief makes your nightmares real. Hungry for sport, fears-made-flesh are always raising the stakes. To them, human lives are less than nothing, just pieces on a board. Because of her boyfriend Kian's sacrifice, she's operating under the mysterious Harbinger's aegis, but his patronage could prove as fatal as the opposition. Raw from deepest loss, she's terrified over the deal Kian made for her. Though her very public enemies keep sending foot soldiers, mercenary monsters committed to her destruction, she's not the one playing under a doom clock. Kian has six months unless Edie can save him. And this is a game she can't bear to lose."--provided from

Crooked heart : a novel

July 31, 2015
Evans, Lissa, author.
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015]
282 pages ; 22 cm

Killing pretty

July 31, 2015
Kadrey, Richard.
New York, NY : Harper Voyager, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015]
387 pages ; 19 cm.
"Sandman Slim investigates Death's death in this hip, propulsive urban fantasy through a phantasmagoric LA rife with murder, mayhem, and magic. James Stark has met his share of demons and angels, on earth and beyond. Now, he's come face to face with the one entity few care to meet: Death. Someone has tried to kill Death--ripping the heart right out of him--or rather the body he's inhabiting. Death needs Sandman Slim's help: he believes anyone who can beat Lucifer and the old gods at their own game is the only one who can solve his murder. Stark follows a sordid trail deep into LA's subterranean world, from vampire-infested nightclubs to talent agencies specializing in mad ghosts, from Weimar Republic mystical societies to sleazy supernatural underground fight and sex clubs. Along the way he meets a mysterious girl--distinguished by a pair of graveyard eyes--as badass as Slim: she happens to be the only person who ever outwitted Death. But escaping her demise has had dire consequences for the rest of the world...and a few others. For years, Slim has been fighting cosmic forces bent on destroying Heaven, Hell, and Earth. This time, the battle is right here on the gritty streets of the City of Angels, where a very clever, very ballsy killer lies in wait"-- Provided by publisher.

HBIC : head bitch in charge. Volume I (Parts 1 & 2)

July 31, 2015
McGill, Caroline.
Brooklyn, NY : Synergy Publications, c2012.
256 p. ; 22 cm.
"A series."
"Take a walk in the shoes of Elle Mitchell. She came up in the church but quickly became fascinated with the underworld. The youngest sister of three, she has something to prove. Street smart and book smart, Elle will stop at nothing to get rich quick. Determined, she sets out to be Head Bitch In Charge. But HBIC is a position to be earned and the stakes are high. Ain't no easy road to riches when treading down a path of unrighteousness. Prosperity spawns adversity and enemies. Only one can fill the shoes of HBIC. Delve into these pages to see just how much those shoes cost."--Provided by publisher.

The last days of Rabbit Hayes

July 31, 2015
McPartlin, Anna, 1972- author.
362 pages ; 24 cm
"Here is a truth that can't be escaped: for Mia "Rabbit" Hayes, life is coming to and end. Rabbit Hayes loves her life, ordinary as it is, and the extraordinary people in it. She loves her spirited daughter, Juliet; her colorful, unruly family; the only man in her big heart, Johnny Faye. But it turns out the world has other plans for Rabbit, and she's okay with that. Because she has plans for the world too, an only a handful of days left to make them happen. Here is a truth that won't be forgotten: this is a story about laughing through life's surprises and finding the joy in every moment"-- Provided by publisher.

A woman loved : a novel

July 31, 2015
Makine, Andreï, 1957- author.
xii, 243 pages ; 21 cm
Young filmmaker, Oleg Erdmann spends years writing a screenplay about the enigmatic Catherine the Great only to fail to capture the true essence of her. As the Soviet Union changes before him, new opportunities arise for him to bring her to life.

Brief loves that live forever : a novel

July 31, 2015
Makine, Andreï, 1957-
Minneapolis, Minnesota : Graywolf Press, 2015.
134 pages ; 21 cm
"First published as Livre des brèves amours éternelles by Editions du Seuil, Paris" -- title page verso
An orphan reflects on the unbreakable bond between love and freedom in the Soviet Union.

Fishbowl : a novel

July 31, 2015
Somer, Bradley.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2015.
296 pages ; 22 cm
"A goldfish named Ian is falling from the 27th-floor balcony on which his fishbowl sits. He's longed for adventure, so when the opportunity arises, he escapes from his bowl, clears the balcony railing and finds himself airborne. Plummeting toward the street below, Ian witnesses the lives of the Seville on Roxy residents. There's the handsome grad student, his girlfriend, and the other woman; the construction worker who feels trapped by a secret; the building's super who feels invisible and alone; the pregnant woman on bed rest who craves a forbidden ice cream sandwich; the shut-in for whom dirty talk, and quiche, are a way of life; and home-schooled Herman, a boy who thinks he can travel through time. Though they share time and space, they have something even more important in common: each faces a decision that will affect the course of their lives. Within the walls of the Seville are stories of love, new life, and death, of facing the ugly truth of who one has been and the beautiful truth of who one can become. Sometimes taking a risk is the only way to move forward with our lives. As Ian the goldfish knows, "An entire life devoted to a fishbowl will make one die an old fish with not one adventure had.""-- Provided by publisher.

The promise of home : a Mill River novel

July 31, 2015
Chan, Darcie.
New York : Ballantine Books, [2015]
399 pages ; 21 cm.
"Writing in the tradition of Jan Karon and Maeve Binchy, New York Times bestselling author Darcie Chan returns readers to Mill River, the charming town whose residents experience surprises and sorrows, witness acts of goodwill and kindness, embrace family love and friendship--and uncover age-old secrets and heartaches. These days, Mill River, Vermont is a hub of activity. Karen Cooper and her son bid a temporary farewell to husband and father Nick, off to Saudi Arabia to work as a contractor. But when he goes missing Karen turns to the beloved nonagenarian priest Father O'Brien for counsel. Kyle Hansen and Claudia Simon blissfully prepare for their wedding--until a part of Kyle's past arrives in town and shakes up their solid romance. Emily DiSanti, still haunted by a tragedy that tore her world apart a decade ago, is renovating the old McAllister mansion, eager to restore it to its former beauty and to find peace in the intense workload. All of these lives--and the lives of others in this sleepy small town--move forward, bump up against one another, and intertwine. But when a cache of hidden letters is discovered, a decades-old secret comes to light--one that is rooted deeply in the childhood of the longtime resident who has touched the lives of everyone in town, and that will change his own life in a powerful and unexpected way. Praise for Darcie Chan's The Mill River Redemption "An enchanting storyteller, Chan is one of those rare authors who makes you feel more fully alive."--Elizabeth Letts, author of The Eighty-Dollar Champion "An engrossing page-turner [with] sympathetic and relatable characters."--Library Journal Look for special features inside. Join the Random House Reader's Circle for author chats and more"-- Provided by publisher.

The Bangkok asset

July 31, 2015
Burdett, John, author.
307 pages ; 25 cm
"This is a Borzoi Book"--from title page verso.
Sonchai Jitpleecheep--the brash and beguiling Royal Thai Police Force detective who has been our guide through John Burdett's five previous acclaimed Bangkok novels--is back. The former monk and devout Buddhist, forever battling to protect his karma from the assaults of morally compromising cases, is now faced with the most horrifying technological innovation to make its way to the streets of Bangkok, and a conspiracy of almost unfathomable reach. With Sonchai on this case is the young female inspector Krom. Like Sonchai, she's an outsider on the police force, but unlike him, she is socially savvy and a technological prodigy. When they're called to a demonstration--in the midst of a typhoon--of the deadly, superhuman strength of an American man who is seemingly controlled by a CIA operative, they have no idea what they're actually witnessing or why. Their reliably obtuse and unequivocally crooked boss, Colonel Vikorn, explains some of it, but the most telling questions remain unanswered: Could the Americans have figured out a way to create a physically and psychologically enhanced supersoldier? Are they testing him--or it--on Thai soil? And why is everyone, from the Bangkok police to the international community, so eager to turn a blind eye? Searching for the answers to these questions, Sonchai and Krom find themselves in a remote Cambodian jungle compound for aging American ex-soldiers, where they will discover just how far a government will go to protect its worst secrets--both past and present. But the case will also have much more personal repercussions for Sonchai, shaking his world to its very foundation and perhaps finally forcing him to confront his long-lost American father.

The way of sorrows

July 31, 2015
Steele, Jon, 1950-
New York : Blue Rider Press, [2015]
xxii, 486 pages ; 24 cm
"The Angelus trilogy, part 3"--Title page.

The dust that falls from dreams

July 31, 2015
De Bernières, Louis, author.
513 pages ; 25 cm
In the brief golden years of the Edwardian era the McCosh sisters--Christabel, Ottilie, Rosie and Sophie--grow up in an idyllic household in the countryside south of London. On one side, their neighbors are the proper Pendennis family, recently arrived from Baltimore, whose close-in-age boys--Sidney, Albert and Ashbridge--shake their father's hand at breakfast and address him as "sir." On the other side is the Pitt family: a "resolutely French" mother, a former navy captain father, and two brothers, Archie and Daniel, who are clearly "going to grow up into a pair of daredevils and adventurers." In childhood this band is inseparable, but the days of careless camaraderie are brought to an abrupt halt by the outbreak of The Great War, in which everyone will play a part.


July 31, 2015
Williams, Naomi J., 1964-
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015.
315 pages : map ; 24 cm
"Reimagines the historical Lapérouse expedition, a voyage of exploration that left Brest in 1785 with two frigates, more than two hundred men, and overblown Enlightenment ideals and expectations, in a brave attempt to circumnavigate the globe for science and the glory of France"--Dust jacket flap.

Sophie and the Sibyl : a Victorian romance

July 31, 2015
Duncker, Patricia, 1951-
New York : Bloomsbury, 2015.
292 pages ; 25 cm
Berlin, September 1872. The Duncker brothers, Max and Wolfgang, own a thriving publishing business in the city. Clever, irresponsible Max is as fond of gambling and brothels as the older, wiser, Wolfgang is of making a profit. When Max's bad habits get out of hand, Wolfgang sends him to Homburg, to attend to a celebrity author--the enigmatic Sibyl, also known as George Eliot. Enthralling and intelligent, she soon has Max bewitched. Yet Wolfgang has an ulterior motive: he wants his brother to consider Countess Sophie von Hahn, daughter of a wealthy family friend, as a potential wife. At first, Max is lured by Sophie's beauty and his affectionate memories of their shared childhood, but she is nothing like the vision of angelic domesticity Max was expecting. Mischievous, willful, and daring, Sophie gambles recklessly and rides horses like a man. Both women have Max in thrall-- one with her youth and passion, the other with her wisdom and fierce intelligence. Out of his depth, Max finds himself precariously balanced between Sophie and the Sibyl. What's more, Sophie worships the great novelist of questionable morals and is determined to meet her. Combining a tale of courtship and seduction with a lively imagining of George Eliot at the end of her boldly conventional life and height of her fame, [this] is both a compelling Victorian novel and a playful meditation on the creation of literature"--Front jacket flap.

Lord of the wings

July 31, 2015
Andrews, Donna.
New York : Minotaur Books, 2015.
vi, 307 pages ; 22 cm.
"A Thomas Dunne book."
Reluctantly volunteering her home after a haunted house exhibit burns down during her town's over-the-top Halloween festival activities, Meg Langslow is challenged to save the day upon discovering a real murder victim among the creepy displays.

The woman in the photograph

July 31, 2015
Gynther, Dana.
New York : Gallery Books, 2015.
322 pages ; 23 cm
"A deeply romantic story of glamor in both love and art, The Woman in the Photograph is the enchanting tale of New York socialite and model Lee Miller, whose looks and joie de vivre captured the eye of Man Ray, one of the 20th Century's defining photographers"-- Provided by publisher.

Landfall : a novel

July 31, 2015
Hiltebrand, Ellen, 1969-
Portland, Oregon : Forest Avenue Press, 2015.
294 pages ; 23 cm
Eighteen-year-olds Rose and Rosebud have never met but they share a birth year, a name, and a bloody pair of sneakers. Rose's quest to atone for the accident that kills Rosebud, a young woman so much like herself but for the color of her skin, unfolds alongside Rosebud's battle to survive the devastating flooding in the Lower Ninth Ward and to find help for her unstable mother.

Rome in love

July 31, 2015
Hughes, Anita, 1963-
New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2015.
310 pages ; 21 cm
Includes discussion questions.
"A novel"--Cover.
"When Amelia Tate is cast to play the Audrey Hepburn role in a remake of Roman Holiday, she feels as if all her dreams have come true. She has a handsome boyfriend, is portraying her idol in a major motion picture, and gets to live in beautiful, Italian city of Rome for the next two months.Once there, she befriends a young woman named Sophie with whom she begins to explore the city. Together, they discover all the amazing riches that Rome has to offer. But when Amelia's boyfriend breaks up with her over her acting career, her perfect world begins to crumble.While moping in her hotel suite, Amelia discovers a stack of letters written by Audrey Hepburn that start to put her own life into perspective. Then, she meets Philip, a handsome journalist who is under the impression that she is a hotel maid, and it appears as if things are finally looking up. The problem is she can never find the right time to tell Philip her true identity. Not to mention that Philip has a few secrets of his own. Can Amelia finally have both the career and love that she's always wanted, or will she be forced to choose again?"--provided by publisher.

Where pigeons don't fly

July 31, 2015
Muḥaymīd, Yūsuf, author.
Doha : Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation, 2014.
391 pages ; 20 cm

Murder in the paperback parlor

July 31, 2015
Adams, Ellery, author.
New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2015.
287 pages : illustration ; 18 cm
Includes an excerpt for Writing all the Wrongs (pages 275-287).
"Berkley Prime Crime mystery"--Spine.
"With Valentine's Day just around the corner, Jane Steward is organizing a week of activities for fans of love stories at her book-themed resort. But her Regency readers barely have time to brush up on their Jane Austen before tragedy strikes Storyton Hall. Rosamund York, one of the most celebrated authors in attendance, is killed. Rosamund had as many enemies as she did admirers, including envious fellow novelists, a jealous former lover, and dozens of angry fans. It's up to Jane, with the help of her book club, the Cover Girls, to catalogue the list of suspects and find a heartless killer quickly--before the murderer writes someone else off."--provided from

Malice at the palace

July 31, 2015
Bowen, Rhys, author.
New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2015.
292 pages ; 24 cm.
Lady Georgiana Rannoch won't deny that being thirty-fifth in line for the British throne has its advantages. Unfortunately, money isn't one of them. And sometimes making ends meet requires her to investigate a little royal wrongdoing.

Rough edges : an edge novel

July 31, 2015
Butcher, Shannon K., author.
New York, NY : Signet Eclipse, an imprint of Penguin Random House, 2015.
362 pages ; 18 cm.
"A Signet Eclipse Book."
In the world of covert operations, Bella Bayne knows how to get the job done. And with her work coming first, her personal life is coming in a distant second. Even though Bella would like nothing more than to ravish the rugged, handsome Victor Temple, she’s his superior so it’s a strictly hands-off affair. When Bella gets a solid lead on the location of Dr. Norma Stynger--the twisted mind behind Project Threshold--she must team up with Victor if they are to finally bring justice to the madwoman. But when Norma’s daughter risks her life to help the team, Bella is faced with the impossible task of deciding who will live and who will die


July 31, 2015
Baxter, Stephen.
501 pages ; 24 cm.
"Hailed as 'one of the most inventive writers that science fiction has ever produced' (SF Site), Stephen Baxter builds on the massive success of Proxima with a career-defining novel of big ideas.... On the planet of Per Ardua, alien artifacts were discovered--hatches that allowed humans to step across light-years of space as if they were stepping into another room. But this newfound freedom has consequences.... As humanity discovers the real nature of the universe, a terrifying truth comes to light. We all have countless pasts converging in this present--and our future is terrifyingly finite. There are minds in the universe that are billions of years old and now we are vulnerable to their plans for us.... It's time to fight back and take control"-- Provided by publisher.

Magic shifts

July 31, 2015
Andrews, Ilona.
New York : Ace Books, 2015.
342 pages ; 24 cm
"After breaking from life with the Pack, mercenary Kate Daniels and her mate--former Beast Lord Curran Lennart-- are adjusting to a very different pace. While they're thrilled to escape all the infighting, Kate and Curran know that separating from the Pack completely is a process that will take time. But when they learn that their friend Eduardo has gone missing, Kate and Curran shift their focus to investigate his disappearance. Eduardo was a fellow member of the Mercenary Guild, so Kate knows the best place to start looking is at his most recent jobs. As Kate and Curran dig further into the merc's business, they discover that the Guild has gone to hell and that Eduardo's assignments are connected in the most sinister way...An ancient enemy has arisen, and Kate and Curran are the only ones who can stop it--before it takes their city apart piece by piece" -- Publisher's description.

The veil

July 31, 2015
Neill, Chloe.
New York : New American Library, 2015.
335 pages ; 21 cm.
"A brand new series from New York Times bestselling author Chloe Neill. Seven years ago, the Veil that separates humanity from what lies beyond was torn apart, and New Orleans was engulfed in a supernatural war. Now, those with paranormal powers have been confined in a walled community that humans call the District. Those who live there call it Devil's Isle. Claire Connolly is a good girl with a dangerous secret: she's a Sensitive, a human endowed with magic that seeped through the Veil. Claire knows that revealing her skills would mean being confined to Devil's Isle. Unfortunately, hiding her power has left her untrained and unfocused. Liam Quinn knows from experience that magic makes monsters of the weak, and he has no time for a Sensitive with no control of her own strength. But when he sees Claire using her powers to save a human under attack--in full view of the French Quarter--Liam decides to bring her to Devil's Isle and the teacher she needs, even though getting her out of his way isn't the same as keeping her out of his head. But when the Veil threatens to shatter completely, Claire and Liam must work together to stop it, or else New Orleans will burn.."-- Provided by publisher.

Three moments of an explosion : stories

July 31, 2015
Miéville, China.
xii, 382 pages ; 25 cm
Three moments of an explosion -- Polynia -- The condition of new death -- The dowager of bees -- In the slopes -- The Crawl -- Watching God -- The 9th technique -- The rope is the world -- The buzzard's egg -- Säcken -- Syllabus -- Dreaded outcome -- After the festival -- The dusty hat -- Escapee -- The bastard prompt -- Rules -- Estate -- Keep -- A second slice manifesto -- Covehithe -- The junket -- Four final Orpheuses -- The rabbet -- Listen to the birds -- A mount -- The design.

Caught up

July 31, 2015
Holmes, Shannon, author.
175 pages ; 22 cm
Living a very comfortable life with her daughter and husband, Dixyn Greene's life is blown apart when her husband is taken away by the feds and she must do whatever it takes to maintain her lavish life.

Trust no one : a thriller

July 31, 2015
Cleave, Paul, 1974-
New York : Atria Books, 2015.
342 pages ; 24 cm
"In the exciting new psychological thriller by the Edgar-nominated author of Joe Victim, a famous crime writer struggles to differentiate between his own reality and the frightening plot lines he's created for the page. Jerry Grey is known to most of the world by his crime writing pseudonym, Henry Cutter--a name that has been keeping readers at the edge of their seats for more than a decade. Recently diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's at the age of forty-nine, Jerry's crime writing days are coming to an end. His twelve books tell stories of brutal murders committed by bad men, of a world out of balance, of victims finding the darkest forms of justice. As his dementia begins to break down the wall between his life and the lives of the characters he has created, Jerry confesses his worst secret: The stories are real. He knows this because he committed the crimes. Those close to him, including the nurses at the care home where he now lives, insist that it is all in his head, that his memory is being toyed with and manipulated by his unfortunate disease. But if that were true, then why are so many bad things happening? Why are people dying? Hailed by critics as a 'masterful' (Publishers Weekly) writer who consistently offers 'ferocious storytelling that makes you think and feel' (The Listener) and whose fiction evokes 'Breaking Bad reworked by the Coen Brothers' (Kirkus Reviews), Paul Cleave takes us down a cleverly twisted path to determine the fine line between an author and his characters, between fact and fiction"-- Provided by publisher.

Two across : a novel

July 31, 2015
Bartsch, Jeffrey, author.
293 pages ; 22 cm
"TWO ACROSS is a funny and poignant debut novel about trust, forgiveness, and the wisdom of listening to your heart. Stanley and Vera, academically precocious but awkward teenagers, form a bond when they tie for first place in the National Spelling Bee. Though their mothers have big plans for them-Stanley will become a senator, Vera a mathematics professor-neither wants to follow these pre-determined paths. So Stanley hatches a plan to marry Vera in a sham wedding for the financial freedom to pursue his one true love: crossword puzzle construction. In enlisting Vera to marry him, he neglects one variable: she's secretly in love with him, a fact that dooms his plan to disaster. Once he's lost her, Stanley tries to atone for his mistakes and win her back using coded messages in crossword puzzles-but can he find her again before it's too late?"-- Provided by publisher.

Mrs. Sinclair's suitcase

July 31, 2015
Walters, Louise.
New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2015]
271 pages ; 24 cm
"Roberta, a lonely thirty-four-year-old bibliophile, works at The Old and New Bookshop in England. When she finds a letter inside her centenarian grandmother’s battered old suitcase that hints at a dark secret, her understanding of her family’s history is completely upturned. Running alongside Roberta’s narrative is that of her grandmother, Dorothy, as a forty-year-old childless woman desperate for motherhood during the early years of World War II. After a chance encounter with a Polish war pilot, Dorothy believes she’s finally found happiness, but must instead make an unthinkable decision whose consequences forever change the framework of her family. The parallel stories of Roberta and Dorothy unravel over the course of eighty years as they both make their own ways through secrets, lies, sacrifices, and love. Utterly absorbing, Mrs. Sinclair’s Suitcase is a spellbinding tale of two worlds, one shattered by secrets and the other by the truth."--Provided by publisher.

Lamp black, wolf grey

July 31, 2015
Brackston, Paula.
New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Griffin, 2015.
318 pages ; 21 cm
"Artist Laura Matthews finds her new home in the Welsh mountains to be a place so charged with tales and legends that she is able to reach through the gossamer-fine veil that separates her own world from that of myth and fable. She and her husband Dan have given up their city life and moved to Blaencwm, an ancient longhouse high in the hills. Here she hopes that the wild beauty will inspire her to produce her best art and will give her the baby they have longed for. But this high valley is also home to others, such as Rhys the charismatic loner who pursues Laura with fervor. And Anwen, the wise old woman from the neighboring farm who seems to know so much but talks in riddles. And then there is Merlin. Lamp Black, Wolf Grey tells both Laura's story and Merlin's. For once he too walked these hills, with his faithful grey wolf at his heel. It was here he fell in love with Megan, nurse-maid to the children of the hated local noble, Lord Geraint. Merlin was young, at the start of his renowned career as a magician, but when he refuses to help Lord Geraint it is Megan who may pay the price"-- provided by publisher.

No. 4 Imperial Lane : a novel

July 31, 2015
Weisman, Jonathan, author.
341 pages ; 24 cm
"From post-punk Brighton to revolutionary Angola, an incredible coming-of-age story that stretches across nations and decades, reminding us what it really means to come home. It's 1988 at the University of Sussex, where kids sport Mohawks and light up to the otherworldly sounds of the Cocteau Twins, as conversation drifts from structuralism to Thatcher to the bloody Labour Students. Hailing from Atlanta, Georgia, David Heller has taken a job as a live-in aide to current quadriplegic and former playboy, Hans Bromwell-in part to extend his stay studying abroad, but in truth, he's looking to escape his own family still paralyzed by the death of his younger sister ten years on. When David moves into the Bromwell house, his life becomes quickly entwined with those of Hans, his alcoholic sister, Elizabeth, and her beautiful fatherless daughter, as they navigate their new role as fallen aristocracy. As David befriends the Bromwells, the details behind the family's staggering fall from grace are slowly revealed: How Elizabeth's love affair with a Portuguese physician carried the young English girl right into the bloody battlefields of colonial Africa, where an entire continent bellowed for independence, and a single event left a family broken forever. A sweeping debut by a seasoned political reporter, written in prose as lush and evocative as it is deeply funny, NO. 4 IMPERIAL LANE artfully shifts through time, from the high politics of embassy backrooms and the bloody events of a ground war to the budding romance found in pot-filled dorm rooms, and those unforgettable moments when childhood gives way to becoming an adult. Reminiscent of Nick Hornby and Alan Hollinghurst, here is a book about the intersection of damaged lives; a book that asks whether it is possible for an unexpected stranger to piece a family back together again. "-- Provided by publisher.

Infinite home

July 31, 2015
Alcott, Kathleen.
New York : Riverhead Books, 2015.
315 pages ; 22 cm
Edith is a widowed landlady who rents apartments in her Brooklyn brownstone to an unlikely collection of humans, all deeply in need of shelter. Crippled in various ways--in spirit, in mind, in body, in heart--the renters struggle to navigate daily existence, and soon come to realize that Edith's deteriorating mind, and the menacing presence of her estranged, unscrupulous son, Owen, is the greatest challenge they must confront together.

It started with Paris

July 31, 2015
Kelly, Cathy, author.
New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2015.
458 pages ; 21 cm
Includes discussion questions.


July 31, 2015
Macintyre, Magnus, author.
301 pages ; 21 cm
Claypole is not "a large man." He is a fat man. A fat man with thin limbs, like an egg with tentacles. And life is not going well. He's alone, idle, and on the brink of a medical crisis when a childhood acquaintance makes him an offer he can't understand, can't talk about, but ultimately can't refuse. A week later, he finds himself in rural Scotland, plunged into an eccentric community at war over a wind farm. Claypole is supposed to be a backer, but he has no idea what side he's on, even though it may earn him a lot of money. All he wants is to look like a hero in front of the woman with the bright blue eyes who brought him here. To do so he must run the gauntlet of a family with many dark secrets, some dangerous hippies and their hallucinogenic potions, and the wilderness itself with all its threats and dangers.

The sound of our steps : a novel

July 31, 2015
Matalon, Ronit.
New York : Metropolitan Books, [2015]
367 pages ; 24 cm
Originally published in Israel in 2008 by Am Oved, Tel Aviv entitled "Ḳol tseʻadenu."
"In the beginning there was Lucette, who is the mother to three children--Sammy, a gentle giant, almost blind, but a genius with locks; Corinne, a flighty beauty who cannot keep a job; and "the child," an afterthought, who strives to make sense of her fractured Egyptian-Jewish immigrant family. Lucette's children would like a kinder, warmer home, but what they have is a government-issued concrete box, out in the thorns and sand on the outskirts of Tel Aviv; and their mother, hard-worn and hardscrabble, who cleans homes by night and makes school lunches by day. Lucette quarrels with everybody, speaks only Arabic and French, is scared only of snakes, and is as likely to lock her children out as to take in a stray dog. The child recounts her years in Lucette's house, where Israel's wars do not intrude and hold no interest. She puzzles at the mysteries of her home, why her father, a bitter revolutionary, makes only rare appearances. And why her mother rebuffs the kind rabbi whose home she cleans in his desire to adopt her. Always watching, the child comes to fill the holes with conjecture and story. In a masterful accumulation of short, dense scenes, by turns sensual, violent, and darkly humorous, The Sound of Our Steps questions the virtue of a family bound only by necessity, and suggests that displacement may not lead to a better life, but perhaps to art"-- Provided by publisher.

Under Tiberius : a novel

July 31, 2015
Tosches, Nick, author.
New York : Little, Brown and Comapny, 2015.
322 pages ; 25 cm
"Under Tiberius is a thrilling story of crime and deceit involving the man who came to be called Jesus Christ. Deep in the recesses of the Vatican, Nick Tosches unearths a first-century memoir by Gaius Fulvius Falconius, foremost speechwriter for Emperor Tiberius. The codex is profound, proof of the existence of a Messiah who was anything but the one we've known -- a shabby and licentious thief. After encountering him in the streets of Judea, Gaius becomes spin doctor to Jesus, and the pair schemes to accrue untold riches by convincing the masses that Jesus is the Son of God. As their marriage of truth and lies is consummated, friendship and wary respect develop between these two grifters."-- Publisher's web site.

The great estate

July 31, 2015
Erwin, Sherri Browning, author.
343 pages ; 17 cm
1909. Sophia Thorne was young and inexperienced when she married the dashing Earl of Averford, and through dark and troubled times, their relationship nearly came to an end. Now she's determined to transform herself into the fiery, ardent lover she always wanted to be, giving them a second chance at love before they're lost to each other forever. It took nearly losing Sophia for Gabriel to realize he had allowed his love for his great estate to distract him from his beautiful wife. But that time is over. Despite all the obstacles standing in their way, Gabriel vows to teach Sophia what it is to truly love and to be loved by a husband devoted heart and soul to her every desire.

Crooked herring

July 31, 2015
Tyler, L. C.
245 pages ; 21 cm.
"You don’t believe me, do you?" asked Henry. "That I might have killed somebody." Well, really. The genuine murderer--the real pro--tends to keep track of that sort of thing. And he wasn’t dressed for murder. The tweed jacket, the checked waistcoat, and above all the yellow bow tie…they would have enabled Henry to audition as an extra in a 50s costume drama--a dodgy bookmaker, say, or a ne’er-do-well younger brother destined for exile to one of the more obscure colonies. They were not clothes that you would risk wearing for a murder. Which is fine, since there isn’t actually a body. And yet there are an awful lot of red herrings, just begging to be pawed through by the hapless Ethelred and Elsie, his chocolate-chomping agent.

The scamp

July 31, 2015
Pashley, Jennifer.
Portland, Oregon : Tin House Books, 2015.
404 pages ; 20 cm
Rayelle Reed can't escape in her small town, where everyone knows everything and not enough: all the guys she slept with, but not the ones she loved. The baby she had out of wedlock with the pastor's son, and how the baby died, but not the grief and guilt that consume her. At a motel bar, Rayelle meets Couper Gale, a freelance reporter on a mission to investigate a rash of missing girls, and she tags along as an excuse to cross the state line. But when Couper's investigation leads them to the mystery surrounding Rayelle's runaway cousin Khaki, she finds she is heading straight back into everything she was hoping to leave behind. As fates become entwined, Rayelle must follow a haunted and twisted path--leading her toward a collision where loyalties will be betrayed, memories uncovered, and family bonds shattered. Mysterious, chilling, and told at a breakneck pace, The Scamp is a thrilling debut novel.

The bones will speak : a Gwen Marcey novel

July 31, 2015
Parks, Carrie Stuart.
Nashville, Tennessee : Thomas Nelson, [2015]
327 pages ; 21 cm

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