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Ohio : a novel

Stephen Markley

FICTION Markley Stephen

"On one feverish, fateful summer night in 2013, four former classmates converge on the rustbelt town they grew up in--a region ravaged by the Great Recession, an opioid crisis, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan--each of them with a mission, all of them haunted by regrets, secrets, losses and love"--

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It took about 1/3 of the book's pages for me to get into it, but once I did, I could not put it down! Push through -- it's worth it! -Meredith

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Hazards of time travel

Joyce Carol Oates

FICTION Oates Joyce

A recklessly idealistic girl dares to test the perimeters of her tightly controlled, dystopian world of 2039 and is punished by being sent back in time to a region of North America — Wainscotia, Wisconsin—that existed eighty years before. Cast adrift in time in this idyllic Midwestern town she is set upon a course of “rehabilitation”—but cannot resist falling in love with a fellow exile and questioning the constrains of the Wainscotia world with results that are both devastating and liberating.

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Meet Me on the Court

David Aro

Kids, Fiction, Sports

Cam, Tyler, and Markus are upset that their school cut the basketball team because of lack of funding. They decide to make their own! They don't have jerseys, a coach, or even a regular court to practice on. There's one more problem--they need at least two more people on the team to play. Can the team find two more players? Can they win their first game against the snooty prep school kids that keep stealing their court?

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A scrappy basketball tale reminiscent of “The Sandlot.” -Morgan

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Never evers

Tom Ellen

jFICTION Ellen Tom
Kids, Fiction

"Mayhem and romance ensue when tweens Mouse and Jack meet on the slopes during a school ski trip"--

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Grim Wilkins

COMIC Mirenda
Fiction, Graphic Novels, Fantasy

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A comics series by Grim Wilkins that hits some of my favorite notes, lush fantasy setting, woman hero, and of course magic. -Morgan

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Black leopard, red wolf

Marlon James

Fiction, Fantasy, Mystery

"In the first novel in Marlon James's Dark Star trilogy, myth, fantasy, and history come together to explore what happens when a mercenary is hired to find a missing child"--

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The beginning of a fantasy trilogy that promises mythology mash-ups, an African setting, and literary language. -Morgan

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The water cure : a novel

Sophie Mackintosh

FICTION Mackintosh, Sophie

"An extraordinary otherworldly debut... [Mackintosh] is writing the way that Sofia Coppola would shoot the end of the world: everything is luminous, precise, slow to the point of dread." --The Guardian The Handmaid's Tale meets The Virgin Suicides in this dystopic feminist revenge fantasy about three sisters on an isolated island, raised to fear men King has tenderly staked out a territory for his wife and three daughters, Grace, Lia, and Sky. He has lain the barbed wire; he has anchored the buoys in the water; he has marked out a clear message: Do not enter . Or viewed from another angle: Not safe to leave . Here women are protected from the chaos and violence of men on the mainland. The cult-like rituals and therapies they endure fortify them from the spreading toxicity of a degrading world. But when their father, the only man they've ever seen, disappears, they retreat further inward until the day two men and a boy wash ashore. Over the span of one blistering hot week, a psychological cat-and-mouse game plays out. Sexual tensions and sibling rivalries flare as the sisters confront the amorphous threat the strangers represent. Can they survive the men? A haunting, riveting debut about the capacity for violence and the potency of female desire, The Water Cure both devastates and astonishes as it reflects our own world back at us.

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Once upon a river : a novel

Diane Setterfield

FICTION Setterfield, Diane
Fiction, Suspense, Historical Fiction

On a dark midwinter's night in an ancient inn on the river Thames, a wounded stranger carries in the lifeless body of a small child. Hours later the girl stirs, and returns to life. Is it a miracle? Magic? As the days pass the child remains mute and unable to answer questions. Three families are keen to claim her: the wealthy mother of a kidnapped daughter missing for two years; a farming family sure it is their son's secret daughter; a parson's housekeeper, reminded of her younger sister. Each family has secrets, must be revealed before the girl's identity can be known. -- adapted from jacket

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I loved this book! It has everything I want in a good read: great writing, a crescendo of narrative, interesting characters with intertwined lives, a sense of place, and an absorbing mystery--all wrapped up in historical fiction. This is a story about storytelling--the characters tell stories, the narrator tells stories, so if you like feeling very much the reader--feeling like you are listening to someone tell you a story, this is a good pick for you. It will get you through the last few weeks of winter. -Anne M

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Codename Villanelle

Luke Jennings

FICTION Jennings Luke
Fiction, Suspense

Villanelle (a codename, of course) is one of the world's most skilled assassins. A catlike psychopath whose love for the creature comforts of her luxurious lifestyle is second only to her love of the game, she specializes in murdering the world's richest and most powerful. But when she murders an influential Russian politician, she draws a relentless foe to her tail.

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Season 2 of Killing Eve returns this April to BBC America, based on Luke Jennings' "Codename Villanelle" novel about the complex cat-and-mouse relationship between assassin Oxana Vorontsova and former British MI5 agent Eve Polastri. -Jason

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Pet sematary

Stephen King

FICTION King, Stephen
Fiction, Horror

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A new adaptation of Stephen King's horror novel about a pet cemetery that reanimates the dead comes to theaters in April. My coworkers were scared just watching the trailer. -Jason