Winter 2022 Picks for Adults

64 Books Found

  • Act Your Age, Eve Brown

    In the final book of the series about the Brown Sisters; we meet Eve, the youngest of the three, who never completes a task assigned, that is until she falls in love with her boss.
    - Evelyn Williams
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  • The Anthropocene Reviewed

    Based on the critically acclaimed podcast, The Anthropocene Reviewed is a collection of essays about what it truly means to live on a human-centered planet by rating different aspects of the shared human experience on a 5-star scale.
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  • Apt Pupil

    This book is guaranteed to split audiences, make lovers of King love him more, or turn away those who are curious. It pushes the boundaries of horror to new levels. Sometimes the most horrifying things are people, not the supernatural.
    - Alma Sakic
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  • As the Wicked Watch

    The first in a series by the Emmy Award winning talk show host and tv journalist introducing Jordan Manning. A television crime reporter who investigates the murder of a young African American girl that has gone unnoticed.
    - Evelyn Williams
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  • Baby Play for Every Day: 365 Activities for the First Year

    A must read for new parents. Fun daily activities to engage your infant and help stimulate their intellectual development.
    - Florence Nicosia
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  • Battle Ground

    In the seventeenth Dresden Files book, Chicago's only professional wizard Harry Dresden must help a motley force of supernatural beings defend the city against the Titan Ethniu's assault. The problem: she possesses the Eye of Balor, which wreaks Death Star-level destruction.
    - Joshua Michael Soule
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  • Black Cake

    Two estranged siblings must reunite on the occasion of their mother’s death, opening old wounds and exposing long held secrets. The novel is a rich, woven tapestry of cultures, characters, traditions, and social issues, for fans of The Vanishing Half and Ask Again, Yes.
    - Ronni Krasnow
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  • Black, White, and The Grey

    A Black female chef and a white male entrepreneur honestly explore their prejudices and become pure family not just business partners. Acknowledging their differences and working at their partnership is a lesson for us all.
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  • Breaking Things at Work: Why the Luddites are Right About Why You

    This is a zippy treatise about labor that gives the reader a percipient view of the oft-misunderstood Luddites and the ways their tactics are still alive in the 21st century. The title is a bit misleading: no breaking of things is recommended in this book.
    - Liz Baldwin
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  • The Collective

    This mystery hooks you from the start by invoking a secret society and the idea that losing loved ones and not having justice is a wrong that can and must be righted. For those who love unlikable characters or enjoyed DeathNote (manga/anime) this one's for you.
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  • Crocodile on the Sandbank

    The indomitable Amelia inherits a fortune from her father, sets off for Egypt and finds a dashing archeologist, suspicious accidents, a cursed mummy and an unknown villain who wants to make this first visit to Egypt, her last.
    - Anne Rouyer
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  • Cultish: The Language of Fanaticism

    Learn about the language of "Cultish", or linguist Amanda Montell's term for the insidious ways in which words are used to gain power and control. Great for true crime fans, linguaphiles, and all nonfiction lovers in between.
    - Beth Dukes
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  • The Dark Tower (Book 7)

    In 1999, Stephen King was struck by a minivan near his home in Maine, the final books in his Dark Tower series still unwritten. His accident is a plot point here as well: Roland's Ka-Tet racing to save the life of the one writing their story so that it may be completed.
    - Arieh Ress
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  • A Deadly Education

    In this adult fantasy series, the author takes on the trope of magical schools, and gives us a school for wizards that's deadly on purpose. Students are trapped for four years learning, fighting monsters, and hoping they can stay alive long enough to survive graduation!
    - Stephanie Whelan
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  • Deception by Gaslight

    Set in NYC 1888, Justine Stewart is from a wealthy family and working as a journalist. One night, she runs across a murder victim and a handsome, society scion who may be living a double life but could he also be a killer? A Gilded Age mystery for fans of Victoria Thompson.
    - Anne Rouyer
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  • A Discovery of Witches

    A mix of Harry Potter and Twilight for adults filled with forbidden romance and power hungry creatures. During a conflict between witches, vampires, and demons, a witch calls up the Book of Life from the Bodleian library, something no one else has been able to do for centuries.
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  • The Downtown Pop Underground

    Thoroughly researched and an excellent read, McLeod chronicles the DIY cultural explosion that occurred in New York's downtown in the 1960s. If you're wondering what came before CBGB and NYC's punk rock scene, this is where to look!
    - Rachel Kahn
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  • The Dressmakers of Auschwitz

    A masterful and unique presentation of the lives of the talented, resilient young seamstresses, whose only hope for survival was to sew beautiful fashions for the wives of the Nazi elites to model at a salon in the midst of Auschwitz.
    - Ilham Albasri
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  • Electric Idol

    After Aphrodite charges her son/fixer Eros to bring her Psyche’s heart, Eros does the next worst thing: he marries Psyche and vows to protect her from his mother. I devoured this book in one sitting. Perfect for romance readers who ate up Neon Gods.
    - Kate Fais
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  • Elegy for Mary Turner: An Illustrated Account of a Lynching

    A horrific event told through haunting illustrations and hand-written text.
    - Susen Shi
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  • Empire of the Vampire

    Ever since the death of daylight, the tide has turned against humanity in its struggle against vampires. Gabriel de Leon, last of the monster-hunting silversaints, relates his story in this bloody tale dripping with dark style.
    - Joshua Michael Soule
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  • The Ghost and Mrs. Muir

    This utterly charming novel is set on the British coast, where our protagonist, Mrs. Muir, acquires a haunted cottage after the death of her husband. Rather than be scared away by the ghost of a rogue sea captain, they develop a relationship that lasts through life and beyond.
    - Liz Baldwin
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  • Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places

    This book examines famous American ghost stories and how and why we create them. What do they tell us about the place and time they were created in? How have these stories changed over time? What do the stories tell us about our current moment?
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  • Gorilla, My Love

    A poignant and idiosyncratic collection of character portraits, from a confident young girl preparing for a schoolyard race to an aging blues singer resisting a trip North.
    - Rachel Roseberry
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  • The Guest List

    Classic Murder Mystery. If you loved Clue or Knives out, this is the book for you. It's like you get to eavesdrop on everyone's secret intentions and perspective!
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  • The Haunting of Alma Fielding

    As war looms in 1938, Alma Fielding is a suburban, London housewife haunted by a poltergeist. An infamous ghost hunter investigates but it’s the unraveling of Alma’s past that proves the biggest mystery of all. A disturbing, true ghost story that is vividly brought to life.
    - Anne Rouyer
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  • Heated Rivalry

    Either on or off the ice, this steamy and romantic LGBT read will warm your heart and maybe your blood too.
    - Debra Behr
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  • His Majesty's Dragon

    An alternate history of an 18th century captain in the British Royal Navy becoming aviator to a rare dragon - shifting him to the Aerial Corps where dragons fight in the Napoleonic Wars. All the heart of a "horse girl" story set in historical, fantastical lens.
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  • The House in the Cerulean Sea

    Everything about Linus Baker's life and career at the Department in Charge of Magical Youth is perfectly orderly and mundane... until it's not. This colorfully written and heart-warming LGBTQ+ fantasy romance will teach you the true meaning of home.
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  • Into the Forest: A Holocaust Story of Survival, Triumph, and Love

    A gripping true story of how one family survived the Holocaust by escaping the liquidation of their ghetto and hiding in the Bialowieza Forest.
    - Alex Kohn
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  • Jade City

    This Asian inspired urban fantasy centers on the island of Kekon, where Jade can provide magic abilities for those who are specially trained. But when tensions erupt between the Green Bone warrior clans, the future of Kekon and its traditional way of life hangs in the balance.
    - Alex Kohn
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  • Lake Success

    For fans of the recent bestseller "Our Country Friends," this one is another of Shyeygart's sardonic, funny, touching writing tales of New Yorkers behaving badly.
    - Thaddeus Krupo
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  • The Last Bookshop in London

    In a quaint small bookshop, the love of books and reading provides a sanctuary for escaping the harsh realities of war. No need for google hangouts! A gentle love story adds intrigue to the plot.
    - Ilham Albasri
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  • Light From Uncommon Stars

    A violin teacher whose contract with Hell demands the souls of seven exceptional musicians thinks she's found her last student in trans teen runaway Katrina Nguyen. But unexpected love leads to the redemptive power of love to heal trauma. Zany, heartfelt, gay science fiction.
    - Hal Schrieve
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  • Long Live the Post Horn!

    Translated by Charlotte Barslund | An office-worker grapples with existential dread until she becomes preoccupied with an odd project involving the Norwegian postal service union. An exhilarating primer on what it means to live in the modern world.
    - Rachel Roseberry
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  • Lovesickness

    “Lovesickness” and the other stories in this book contain unusual plot twists, strong emotions, and horrific concepts and images that will be hard to scrub from your mind. For readers who are looking for unsettling and scary graphic novels. NOT for readers who are faint-hearted!
    - Andrea Lipinski
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  • The Lyrics: 1956 to the Present

    A collection of McCartney's songs in a 2 volume set arranged alphabetically with short blurbs detailing the story behind the lyrics. What makes this extra special are the photographs and ephemera; some of which have never before been seen. A true treat for any Beatles fan.
    - Alicea Porterfield-Brock
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  • Mango, Mambo, and Murder

    Cozy murder mystery series introducing Miriam Quinones-Smith; a NYC food anthropologist who moves to Coral Shores, Florida. Within her first week there she is investigating a murder that her best friend has been accused of.
    - Evelyn Williams
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  • Matrix

    A defiant and timely exploration of the raw power of female creativity in a corrupted world, Groff's latest centers on an outcast young woman who transforms a suffering abbey into a mighty fortress. Truly mesmerizing and unexpectedly relevant.
    - Emily Pullen
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  • A Memory Called Empire

    New ambassador to the Teixcalaanli Empire, Mahit Dzmare, arrives to discover her predecessor was murdered. Mahit now has to solve the murder that no one admits is a murder, navigate a strange alien society, protect her home's independence, and hide a deadly technological secret.
    - Alex Kohn
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  • The Midnight Library

    On the brink of death, Nora Seed finds herself in a library past the universe that holds volumes of books from lives she would have lived had she made different choices. A story about the choices we make, however subtle, and how they affect the lives we may live. - Jane Alvarado
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  • Mistborn: The Final Empire

    Great for fans of Leigh Bardugo's Six of Crows Duology, this high fantasy novel mixes found family with a plan to overthrow an oppressive ruler. But how do you overthrow an immortal ruler? You get a band of crooks together, of course.
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  • The Nature of Fragile Things

    In the early 1900s, a young Irish immigrant responds to a mail order bride ad in the newspaper to marry a widower in San Francisco. After she arrives, a stranger comes to the door with a shocking revelation, but then the great earthquake strikes.
    - Nanor Pogosian
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  • The Night Sister

    Horror Thriller. A woman seems to have taken her own life after taking the lives of her entire family. But the youngest member of the family survives. The book has broken friendships, reunited family, and the dark family secret that led to this very moment.
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  • The Party Crasher

    Estranged from her family, Effie is upset to learn that her family home is about to be sold. She decides to sneak in during the “goodbye” party to retrieve a hidden treasure of her childhood. A story of overheard conversations, family secrets and lost love.
    - Anne Rouyer
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  • The Poppy War

    Inspired by 20th century Chinese history and the second Sino-Japanese war, Rin, a war orphan, tests into the elite military boarding school where she is determined to leave her past behind. When war erupts, Rin has to choose between saving her country or saving her humanity.
    - Alex Kohn
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  • Razorblade Tears

    A compelling story with various povs and two fathers trying to right all wrongs and injustices. Another revenge fantasy but filled with grief and unlike any book I've read so far. S A Cosby does it again with this true crime-esque mystery lush with LGBTQ representation.
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  • The Remains of the Day

    Classic historical fiction, 1930's stuffy English high society, its inability to look forward, and the painful consequences it brings for both lord and butler.
    - Thaddeus Krupo
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  • Showa 1926-1939: A History of Japan

    In this first installment of his history/memoir of a turbulent period in Japanese history, eminent manga illustrator Shigeru Mizuki uses vivid language and images to guide the reader through his -- and his country's -- experiences during this period.
    - Michelle Fernandez
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  • Shuggie Bain

    An unforgettable novel about an alcoholic mother and her devoted young gay son in 1980s Glasgow. Stuart's new book Young Mungo comes out in April 2022.
    - Michael Messina
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  • The Social Graces

    For fans of the Gilded Age, The Social Graces is a fascinating and intimate look at the feud between Caroline Astor and Alva Vanderbilt (old money v. nouveau riche-) and the “upper crust” of society and those looking to get into society.
    - Margaret Kaczorowski
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  • The Source

    In this sweeping historical novel, Michener imagines the lives and dramas of individuals in a fictional city in Canaan/Palestine/Israel over the course of millennia, based on the peculiar items excavated by a modern-day archeologist.
    - Michelle Fernandez
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  • Sumac: Recipes and Stories from Syria

    Chef Anas Atassi’s mouth watering recipes are incredibly accessible, but it's his stories that make the food and culture come alive.
    - Susen Shi
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  • Summer Fun

    This epistolary novel, which is Not about The Beach Boys, asks questions about American inheritance, gender, imperialism, abuse and the power of art-- and is intimately concerned with how art's impact ripples down in unintended ways. As funny as it is heartbreaking.
    - Hal Schrieve
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  • Sweetness and Power, The Place of Sugar in Modern History

    A look into the fascinating history of sugar which shows how this simple crop has shaped humanity, from the slave trade to industrialization to the modern diet.
    - Michelle Fernandez
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  • They Never Learn

    For those who love books where the main character is good at being bad. Dark Academia in the vein of Good Girls Lie by J.T. Ellison and The Sunday Girl by Pip Drysdale. It's a revenge fantasy that is deliciously witty and suspenseful with good pacing.
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  • The Undocumented Americans

    A compelling read that will leave you with second thoughts about the plight of undocumented Americans in the US.
    - Florence Nicosia
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  • Universal Harvester

    Perfect for readers who like stories that turn out to be completely different than the expected. Offbeat and lends itself to speculation.
    - Jenny Baum
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  • Valentine's Way: My Adventurous Life and Times

    From being an extolled prospect, to a fringe major leaguer, to a successful big league manager who won in both New York City and Japan, Bobby Valentine has had an unparalleled baseball life. Here, he details his inspiring career.
    - Joe Pascullo
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  • Venomous: How Earth's Deadliest Creatures Mastered Biochemistry

    A fascinating and accessible account of the biochemistry, evolutionary history, impact on humankind, and potential future of some of Earth's most venomous creatures.
    - Elizabeth Graham
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  • Waterlog

    Inspired by John Cheever's short story The Swimmer, Deakin swims across Britain in natural waterways, pools, and canals chronicling flora, fauna, and the life of local communities on the way. In turn, the book has created its own worldwide movement.
    - Jessica Cline
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  • We Do This 'Til We Free Us: Abolitionist Organizing and Transform

    This book offers accessible alternatives to the stale old "solutions" to violence. If calls to "Defund the Police" confuse you, pick this book up. Kaba’s work to keep communities safe outside of the Prison Industrial Complex is engrossing and instructive.
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  • While We Were Getting High

    Relive those heady days, when Oasis vs. Blur sold newspapers, Jarvis Cocker sang for the common people and we all wondered what the heck was a wonderwall? A fun, nostalgic look back at the whole 90's BritPop phenomenon through photos and interviews by a NME photo-journalist.
    - Anne Rouyer
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  • The Wondrous and Tragic Life of Ivan and Ivana

    The story of twins Ivan and Ivana that started from their native Guadeloupe to Africa and Europe. This book explores the economic deprivation, political aspects, religious radicalism that lead to the tragic lives of these twins. For those interested in world lit.
    - Wilsa Rhuma
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