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COOL SUMMER READS FOR ADULTS (7 items)

The fireman : a novelBy Hill, Joe author.
"Horror buffs will take note of this latest offering by the Bram Stoker winner." Library Journal May 2016
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All the Bright Places

All the bright placesBy Niven, Jennifer
All the Bright Places is a beautiful and honest story of a boy an girl, each dealing with emotional difficulties. It's been almost a year since Violet Markey's sister died in a car crash that Violet survived.
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1Q84

1Q84By Murakami, Haruki, 1949-
This hefty translation was originally 3 books in Murakami’s native Japan. The plot of this quirky story is fascinating, though it takes many fantastical leaps and leaves many things unexplained.... Read more
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Train Dreams

Train dreamsBy Johnson, Denis, 1949-
This brief novella evokes the American Northwest in the first half of the Twentieth century, depicting the life of an honest man haunted by the loss of his family. He wears his body down with rough labor -- logging or building railroads -- revealing both the difficulty and the simplicity in this existence. A lonesome loner, he pays homage to the death of his wife by remaining in the location of their chosen home his entire lifetime.... Read more
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Once Upon a River

Once upon a riverBy Campbell, Bonnie Jo, 1962-
Margo Crane is simply an unforgettable character. Quiet, different, extremely sensitive to the natural world, a talented sharpshooter, she grows up alongside the small Michigan river she loves. When she turns 16, a difficult sequence of events leaves her essentially orphaned and alone. Taking her beloved rowboat and trusted rifle, she decides to seek out the mother that abandoned her.... Read more
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Haymarket

HaymakerBy Schuitema, Adam
A 2016 Michigan Notable Book, Haymaker is a short novel about three years in the life of a small Upper Peninsula town, which has been identified by a group of down-state libertarians as the perfect place to establish their model town called Freedom Community. Although many of the hardscrabble local Haymakes have similar views about living life the way they want, they deeply resent this invasion of folks who intend to take over their town.... Read more
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Girl Waits with Gun

Girl waits with gun : a novel [sound recording]By Stewart, Amy
In 1914 New Jersey, Constance Kopp and her two sisters have their quiet, rural lives upended when a local factory owner and his friends begin threatening them following a road accident.
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Glory Over Everything

Glory over everything : beyond the Kitchen houseBy Grissom, Kathleen author.
From the author of the New York Times bestseller and beloved book club favorite The Kitchen House, a novel of family and long-buried secrets along the treacherous Underground Railroad.
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Lazaretto

Lazaretto : a novelBy McKinney-Whetstone, Diane
In this masterful work of historical fiction, Diane McKinney-Whetstone seamlessly transports us to Philadelphia in the aftermath of the Civil War and Lincoln’s assassination, beautifully evoking powerful stories of love, friendship and humanity amid the vibrant black community that flourished amid the troubled times.
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Mrs Houdini

Mrs. Houdini : a novelBy Kelly, Victoria.
A captivating debut novel, meticulously researched and beautifully imagined, about the passionate marriage of Harry and Bess Houdini—a love story that defied death itself.
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Before we visit the goddess

Before we visit the goddess : a novelBy Divakaruni, Chitra Banerjee, 1956- author.
A beautiful, powerful new novel from the bestselling, award-winning author of Sister of My Heart and The Mistress of Spices about three generations of mothers and daughters who must discover their greatest source of strength in one another—a masterful, brilliant tale of a family both united and torn apart by ambition and love.
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An Honorable Man

An honorable man : a novelBy Vidich, Paul
A debut espionage novel in the style of Alan Furst and John le Carré, An Honorable Man is a chilling Cold War spy thriller set in 1950s Washington, D.C.
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Titans

TitansBy Meacham, Leila, 1938- author.
A sweeping new drama from the beloved, bestselling author of Roses. In this grand yet intimate novel set in Texas in the early 1900s, Meacham once again delivers a heartfelt, big-canvas story full of surprising twists and deep emotional resonance.
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The Decent Proposal

The decent proposal : a novelBy Donovan, Kemper, author.
An addictively readable debut romantic comedy, drama, and mystery rolled into one, about two very different strangers whose lives become intertwined when they receive an unusual proposition.
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Three Martini Lunch

Three-martini lunchBy Rindell, Suzanne author.
In 1958, Greenwich Village buzzes with beatniks, jazz clubs, and new ideas—the ideal spot for three ambitious young people to meet. In Three-Martini Lunch, Suzanne Rindell has written both a page-turning morality tale and a captivating look at a stylish, demanding era—and a world steeped in tradition that’s poised for great upheaval.
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Award Winners & Bestsellers

Nobel Prize
2015 Prize in Literature
Svetlana Alexievich

National Book Award

2015 Prize for Fiction
Fortune Smiles
by Adam Johnson

2015 Prize for Nonfiction
Between the World and Me
by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Newbery Medal
2016 award
Last Stop on Market Street

by Matt de la Peña

Caldecott Medal
2016 award
Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear
b
y Lindsay Mattick, illustrated by Sophie Blackall

Printz Award

2016 award
Bone Gap

by Laura Ruby

New York Times Fiction Bestsellers (top 5 combined print & e-book sales)
The Last Mile
, by David Baldacci
The Obsession
, by Nora Roberts
Stuck-up Suit, by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward
Bounty, by Kristen Ashley
The Girl on the Train
, by Paula Hawkins
 

New York Times Nonfiction Bestsellers (top 5 combined print & e-book sale)
The Rainbow Comes and Goes, by Anderson Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt
The Sleep Revolution, by Arianna Huffington
When Breath Becomes Air
, by Paul Kalanithi
Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates
, by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaegar
Alexander Hamilton
, by Ron Chernow

 

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