Across the green grass fields by Seanan McGuire. In this fantasy, a young girl discovers a portal to a land filled with centaurs and unicorns.
A bright ray of darkness by Ethan Hawke. The blistering story of a young man making his Broadway debut in Henry IV, just as his marriage implodes – an utterly transfixing book about art and love, fame and heartbreak.
The burning girls by C.J. Tudor. An unconventional vicar must exorcise the dark past of a remote village haunted by death and disappearances in this unsettling thriller.
Dark sky by C.J. Box. Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett must accompany a Silicon Valley CEO on a hunting trip – but soon learns that he himself may be the hunted.
Death by chocolate snickerdoodle by Sarah Graves. When a cunning killer and a devastating fire threaten to ravage Eastport, Jacobia Tiptree must go into action before all she loves goes up in smoke.
The Duke and I by Julia Quinn. In the first book of the Bridgerton series, Daphne Bridgerton’s reputation soars when she colludes with the Duke of Hastings.
Enjoy the view by Sarah Morgenthaler. A grouchy mountaineer, a Hollywood starlet, and miles of untamed wilderness. What could possibly go wrong in this rom-com?
Faithless in death by J.D. Robb. Eve Dallas investigates the murder of a young sculptor in the West Village.
The kitchen front by Jennifer Ryan. A BBC-sponsored wartime cooking competition gives the four women who enter a chance to better their lives.
Landslide by Susan Conley. The author is at her best capturing Maine’s coastal terrain as well as her character’s emotional turmoil. Through her disarming family portrait, she speaks volumes about changing ways of life.
Later by Stephen King. With echoes of his classic novel, It, this is a powerful, haunting, unforgettable exploration of what it takes to stand up to evil in all the faces it wears.
The lowering days by Gregory Brown. Set in 1980s Maine, this explores family love, the power of myths and storytelling, survival and environmental exploitation, and the ties between cultural identity and the land we live on.
The midnight library by Matt Haig. Nora Seed finds a library beyond the edge of the universe that contains books with multiple possibilities of the lives on could have lived.
Minus me by Mameve Medwed. Her life turned upside down by a grim diagnosis, a small-town Maine woman sets about writing a “How To” life manual for her handsome yet hapless husband.
Missing and endangered by J.A. Jance. The Cochise Country Sheriff’s daughter becomes involved in a missing persons case.
The northern reach by W.S. Winslow. Set in Maine, this is a novel about the power of place and family ties, the weight of the stories we choose to tell, and the burden of those stories we hide.
Our Italian summer by Jennifer Probst. Three generations of women must heal the broken pieces of their lives on a trip of a lifetime through picturesque Italy.
The Paris Library by Janet Charles. A teenager in Montana discovers that her elderly neighbor worked decades earlier at the American Library in Paris and was part of the Resistance.
The Plague Court murders by John Dickson Carr. When a spiritual medium is murdered in a locked hut on a haunted estate, Sir Henry Merrivale seeks a logical solution to a ghostly crime.
The rebel nun by Marj Charlier. Based on the true story of Clotild, the daughter of a 6th century king who leads a rebellion of nuns against the rising misogyny and patriarchy of the medieval church.
The sanatorium by Sarah Pearse. Elin Warner must find her estranged brother’s fiancée, who goes missing as a storm approaches a hotel that was once a sanatorium in the Swiss Alps.
Who is Maud Dixon? by Alexandra Andrews. Identity theft takes on a new meaning in this arresting thriller.
Winter’s orbit by Everina Maxwell. A famously disappointing minor royal and the Emperor’s least favorite grandchild, Prince Kiem commanded by the Emperor to renew the empire’s bonds with its newest vassal planet. The prince must marry Count Jainan, the recent widower of another royal prince of the empire.
Jojo Rabbit (2019) starring Scarlett Johansson, Rebel Wilson, Taika Waititi, and Sam Rockwell
The old maid (1939) starring Bette Davis and Miriam Hopkins
Foreign Correspondent (1940) starring Joel McCrea
The Sunshine Boys (1975) starring Walter Matthau and George Burns
NEW MUSIC CDs
Fetch the bolt cutters by Fiona Apple
Women in Music, Pt. III by HAIM
Black Pumas by Black Pumas
The new Abnormal by The Strokes
Fine line by Harry Styles
Can’t slow down by Michaelangelo Matos. How 1984 became pop’s blockbuster year – the definitive account of pop music in the mid-80s from Prince and Madonna to the underground hip-hop, indie rock, and club scenes.
The crown in crisis by Alexander Larman. A juicy account of the events leading up to and following British monarch King Edward VIII’s abdication…even royal watcher will learn something new from this comprehensive account of one of the biggest scandals in the history of the British monarchy.
Dress codes by Richard Ford. A revelatory exploration of fashion through the ages that asks what our clothing reveals about ourselves and our society.
Every conversation counts by Riaz Meghji. Readers looking to have more meaningful interactions would do well to pick this up due to significant consideration as to how the pandemic era has changed relationships.
Girlhood by Masuma Ahuja. Full of pictures and the unique voices of teenage girls in a variety of situations and cultures, this provides a snapshot of teens’ lives around the world.
The soul of a woman by Isabel Allende. A passionate and inspiriting meditation on what it means to be a woman.
To raise a boy by Emma Brown. A journalist’s searing investigation into how we teach boys to be men – and how we can do better. Insightful and sometimes disturbing.
Walk in my combat boots by James Patterson. A collection of interviews with troops who fought overseas. The most moving and powerful war stories ever told, by the men and women who lived them.
Walking with ghosts by Gabriel Byrne. Bryne channels his fellow countrymen and Ireland’s literary masters as he reveals his struggle with alcoholism, aching passion for the Ireland of his youth, and is piercingly frank about his acting life.
We need to hang out by Billy Baker. In this comic adventure through the loneliness epidemic, a middle-aged everyman looks around one day and realizes that he seems to have misplaced his friends, inspiring him to set out on a hilarious and moving quest to revive old tribes and build new ones, in his own ridiculous way.
What they don’t teach teens by Jonathan Cristall. Life safety skills for teens and the adults who care for them.
The witch of eye by Kathryn Nuernberger. Essays concerning the history of women who saw things differently and dared not to be silent and silenced by power structures. Women such as Titiba, Marie Laveau, and Hildegard of Bingen.
World of wonders by Aimee Nezhukumatathil. A collection of essays about the natural world and the way its inhabitants can teach, support, and inspire us.
You’re leaving when? by Annabelle Gurwitch. Erma Bombeck meets Dorothy Parker in this topical and often laugh-out-loud take on our modern malaise.
The camping trip by Jennifer K Mann
Champ and Major: first dogs by Joy McCullough
Cow boy is not a cowboy by Gregory Barrington
Eyes that kiss in the corners by Joanna Ho
Idea jar by Adam Lehrhaupt
Look! I wrote a book! (and you can too!) by Sally Lloyd-Jones
Time for Kenny by J. Brian Pinkney
Welcome to the party by Gabrielle Union
Your name is a song by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow
Clean getaway By Nic Stone
Sofia Valdez and the vanishing vote by Andrea Beaty
Two roads by Joseph Bruchac
The baby-sitter’s club: Claudia and the new girl by Ann Martin
Baby-sitters little sister: Karen’s worst day by Ann Martin
The Challenger disaster by Pranas Naujokaitis
The great Chicago fire by Kate Hannigan
The Roanoke Colony by Christ Schweizer
Free press and censorship by Susan Brophy Down
Frogs by Gail Gibbons
Hello neighbor! : the kind and caring world of Mister Rogers by Matthew Cordell
Kamala Harris : rooted in justice by Nikki Grimes
Marie’s Ocean: Marie Tharp maps the mountains under the sea by Josie James
Memorial Day by Emma Carlson Berne
Monarch butterfly by Gail Gibbons
The truth about butterflies by Maxwell Eaton III
Visual guide to grammar and punctuation by Sheila Digmen
Notes from Booklist, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, Library Journal, and New York Times Book Review