Dec. 24-25 - All libraries closed for Christmas.
New Arrivals - Fiction
The Morels--Arthur, Penny, and Will--are a happy family of three living in New York City. So why would Arthur choose to publish a book that brutally rips his tightly knit family unit apart at the seams? Arthur's old schoolmate Chris, who narrates the book, is fascinated with this very question as he becomes accidentally reacquainted with Arthur. A single, aspiring filmmaker who works in a movie theater, Chris envies everything Arthur has, from his beautiful wife to his charming son to his seemingly effortless creativity. But things are not always what they seem.
Adele Bonny draws on survivial trips from her long-lost pirate relative, Grean Aunt Anne Bonney, to track down a group of mercenaries who have stolen her family's fortune and heritage. Along the way Adele teams up with a eccentric pirate loot retriever and meets a handsome stranger with a questionable background.
Is the heart a better navigator than the head? Artist Miranda Jones has followed her heart to a new home in the beautiful California coastal town of Milford-Haven, and now begins to map her emotional and professional life from a new perspective. An extensive Los Angeles research trip takes her from the Palos Verdes peninsula to the Mojave Desert, and from the Hollywood Bowl to the Angeles Crest National Forest. Meanwhile her Milford-Haven friends Samantha Hugo and Sally O'Mally have adventures of their own.
Living lives carefully constructed by their loving but domineering mother, three politically connected sisters enter midlife while struggling with unexpressed anger, failed relationships and their mother's freak accident, which compel them to reevaluate their prospects.
"La bailarina narra, casi en una imagen especular de la Madame Butterfly de Puccinni, el improbable encuentro de Toyotaro Ota, un joven estudiante japonés, con una bailarina alemana, pobre y bellísima, que poco a poco lo va seduciendo hasta atraparlo. Toyotaro, que por educación posee un acerado sentido del honor, debe elegir entre su carrera y sus violentos sentimientos amorosos hacia la muchacha. La bailarina constituye una fábula de una sencillez pasmosa, que aúna amor, abandono y culpa"--P.  of cover.
From the publisher. Hailed by Thomas Pynchon as "graceful, dark, authentic, and funny," George Saunders now surpasses his New York Times Notable Book, CivilWarLand in Bad Decline, with this bestselling collection of stories set against a warped, hilarious, and terrifyingly recognizable American landscape.
Sage Singer is a baker. She works through the night, preparing the day's breads and pastries, trying to escape a reality of loneliness, bad memories, and the shadow of her mother's death. When Josef Weber, am elderly man in Sage's grief support group, begins stopping by the bakery, they strike up an unlikely friendship. Despite their differences, they see in each other the hidden scars that others can't, and they become companions. Everything changes on the day that Josef confesses a long-buried and shameful secret -- one that no one else in town would ever suspect -- and asks Sage for an extraordinary favor. If she says yes, she faces not only moral repercussions, but potentially legal ones as well. With her own identity suddenly challenged, and the integrity of the closest friend she's ever had clouded, Sage begins to question--
Deep in the Peruvian jungles, a race is underway to locate a legendary Incan idol. An artifact carved out of a strange kind of stone, the idol could be used as the basis for a terrifying new weapon.
In "The power trip" you'll meet Aleksandr Kasianenko, a billionaire Russian oligarch, as he set sail on the Bianca. You'll meet his sexy supermodel girlfriend, whom the Bianca is named after, and five, dynamic, powerful, and famous couples invited on the yacht's maiden voyage. Hammond Patterson, a driven Senator and his lovely but unhappy wife, Sierra; Cliff, a charming, never-married movie star and his ex-waitress girlfriend, Lori; Taye Sherwin, a famous black UK footballer and his interior designer wife, Ashley; Luca Perez, a male Latin singing sensation and his older, decadent, English boyfriend, Jeromy; and Flynn, a maverick journalist, and his Asian renegade female friend, Xuan. Could this be the trip of a lifetime? Or a trip from hell? Whatever happens on the high seas doesn't necessarily stay there.
The founder and bassist of punk sensation Fall Out Boy explores the dark side of rock 'n' roll in a novel that reveals that the rise to fame isn't always smooth or glamorous and can be rife with extreme highs and lows.
"When it comes to exposing tax fraud, Tara and her partner Eddie are really cleaning up. From their brilliant takedown of the disappearing "tax wizard" to their perfectly planned downfall of the "deduction diva," they've earned the respect of their peers at Criminal Investigations. Now Tara's ready to celebrate with an ice-cold pitcher of peach sangria, even if her next case is totally the pits"--From publisher description.
Explores the consequences of fame as experienced by the family members of an A-list Hollywood celebrity, including his grown children, who long for authenticity in a world where they are regarded as less-important extensions of their father.
In a haunting novel about marriage and family, a mother and father and their two children, living in a small village in New England, move, in their own minds, between the present, the past and the future.
In the title story, two drug-addicted friends return to the farm where they worked as boys to steal their boss's unusual but valuable war trophies. In the Trusty, a convict sent to fetch water tries to sweet talk a farmer's young wife into helping him escape, only to find she too is imprisoned in her own way. In Something Rich and Strange, a diver is called upon to pull a drowned girl's body free from under a falls, but finds her eerily at peace below the surface.
Presents stories featuring men who make doomed forays into middle-class respectability in Southern California, from a high-school basketball player who aspires to a college scholarship, to a game-show production assistant who moonlights as a stand-up comedian.
Gabe is one of the richest and most powerful men in the country, used to always getting what he wants. When he saw Mia walk into his hotel's grand opening, he knew he shouldn't act on his desires, after all she is his best friend's little sister. Ever since Mia was a teenager she has always had a crush on Gabe. She knows he is too old and too out of her league but she is determined to do something to make him notice her. As Gabe pulls her into his world they begin an affair that is both intense and obesessive.
Coming of age in the patrician neighborhood of Pasadena, California during the 1960s, Rebecca Madden and her beautiful, reckless friend Alex dream of lives beyond their mothers' narrow expectations. Their struggle to define themselves against the backdrop of an American cultural revolution unites them early on, until one sweltering eveing the summer before their last year of college, when a single act of betrayal changes everything. Decades later, Rebecca's haunting meditation on the past reveals the truth about that night, the years that followed, and the friendship that shaped her. -- Publisher's description.
Restaurant owner Lillian manages an unexpected challenge while sharing her days with a circle of friends and regulars, including ritual-performing accountant Al, heartbroken chef Chloe, and unobtrusive giant Finnegan.
"Billy's mother is dead. He knows-because he reads about it in magazines-that people die every day in ways that are more random and tragic and stupid than hers, but for nineteen-year-old Billy and his little brother, Oscar, their mother's death in a bungled street robbery is the most random and tragic and stupid thing that could possibly have happened to them. Now Billy must be both mother and father to Oscar, and despite what his well-meaning aunt, the PTA mothers, social services, and Oscar's own prodigal father all think, he feels certain that he is the one for the job."--Provided by publisher.
"Grace Alban has spent more than twenty years avoiding her childhood home, the stately Alban House on the shores of Lake Superior, for reasons she would rather forget. But when her mother's unexpected death brings Grace and her teenage daughter back, she finds more is haunting the halls and passageways of Alban House than her own personal demons."-- P.  of cover.
"Set in a small New Hampshire town, a story of the crisscrossing of lives, within and without family, and of one woman, given up for adoption as a baby, searching for the truth about her life"--Dust jacket flap.
"After a health scare, Brighton-based Lou is forced to confront the fact that her time to have a baby is running out. She can't imagine a future without children, but her partner doesn't seem to feel the same way, and she's not sure whether she could go it alone. Meanwhile, in Yorkshire, Cath is longing to start a family with her husband, Rich. No one would be happier to have children than Rich, but Cath is infertile. Could these strangers help one another?"--Provided by publisher.
"When Nieve Guerra finds herself caught between the tides of her parents' turbulent relationship and a country torn apart by political unrest, she begins recording the intimate and harsh details of her life within the pages of her diary. Nieve is sent away from her mother, her mother's free-spirited and loving Swedish boyfriend Fausto, and her childhood city of Cienfuegos and forced to endure unrelenting abuse at the hand of her father. Only her diary will not leave her. It is her only friend, her sole outlet for her joy, sadness, and anger, and because of it she is able to remain in Cuba, her only home"--P. 4 of cover.
"Spirited and intelligent, Morayo grows up surrounded by school friends and family in busy, modern-day Ibadan. An adoring little sister, their traditional parents, and a host of aunties and cousins make Morayo's home their own. So there's nothing unusual about her charming but troubled cousin Bros T moving in with the family. At first Morayo and her sister are delighted, but in her innocence, nothing prepares Morayo for the shameful secret Bros T forces upon her. Thrust into a web of oppressive silence woven by the adults around her, Morayo must learn to protect herself and her sister from a legacy of silence shared by the women in her family. Only her Aunt Morenike provides Morayo with a safe home and a sense of female community that sustains her as she develops into a young woman in bustling, politically charged, often violent Nigeria."-- P.  of cover.
When Harry and Madeleine Winslow meet Claire, they are drawn to her youth, quiet intelligence, and naivete, and over the course of the summer, reverence transforms into dangerous desire.