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Winter Reading Ideas: New Fiction in January

New Fiction in January

New year, new fiction! Start 2021 with some fresh new reads and with Warm Up With Reading, our Winter Reading program. There’s a “read what you like” route as well as an optional mini reading challenge. We also have a larger list of new fiction in January and, as always, you may contact us at readers@mppl.org for personalized reading suggestions!

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Yellow Wife by Sadeqa Johnson

Born on a plantation but set apart from the others by her mother’s position as a medicine woman, a young slave is forced to leave home at 18 and unexpectedly finds herself in an infamously cruel jail.

 

 

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Prodigal Son by Gregg Hurwitz, 6th book in Orphan X series

Retiring from his Nowhere Man activities in exchange for an unofficial pardon, former government assassin Evan Smoak is entreated by a unlikely client to help rescue a fellow orphan from a dangerous foster home.

 

 

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Black Buck by Mateo Askaripour

An unambitious college graduate accepts a job at Sumwun, the hottest NYC startup, and reimagines himself as “Buck” a ruthless salesman and begins to hatch a plan to help young people of color infiltrate America’s sales force.

 

 

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The Prophets by Robert Jones, Jr. 

Two enslaved young men on a Deep South plantation find refuge in each other while transforming a quiet shed into a haven for their fellow slaves, before an enslaved preacher declares their bond sinful.

 

 

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The House on Vesper Sands by Paraic O’Donnell

A Victorian-inspired supernatural mystery follows the experiences of a Cambridge dropout and his savvy detective partner, who connect a paramour’s disappearance to a bizarre suicide.

 

 

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Siri, Who Am I? by Sam Tschida

Waking from a coma with no memory of who she is, a wealthy millennial tries to piece together her identity through her social-media activity before following leads to a billionaire’s home and the site of a suspicious accident.

 

 

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Across The Green Grass Fields by Seanan McGuire, 6th book in Wayward Children series

Regan passes through a mysterious doorway before finding herself in a fantastical world of magical equines who expect humans to step up as heroes.

 

 

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Nick by Michael Farris Smith

A tale inspired by Fitzgerald’s famous narrator imagines the life of Nick Carraway before Gatsby, depicting a war-traumatized, heavily drinking man who embarks on a doomed journey of redemption from Paris to New Orleans.

 

New Fiction in December

New Fiction in December

Snow is falling, new books are calling! Just a dusting of what’s new in fiction in December can be found below. A larger snowfall of new fiction may be found in this New Fiction in December list and if you are not seeing any titles twinkling at you: email us at readers@mppl.org or give us a call at (847)590-4070 for some reading suggestions tailored just for you. Curl up with a good book this season!

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How To Fail At Flirting by Denise Williams

Challenged by her friends to start enjoying her life when her university department is cut, a Type-A overachiever embarks on a daring to-do list that involves leaving an abusive ex and pursuing a career-risking fling with a charming stranger.

Banter-filled Romance

 

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A mysterious killer is brutally murdering Europe’s most loathsome criminals. When police discover that two of the victims have disturbing connections to Detective Joona Linna, it’s clear that somebody’s trying to send him a message. As the body count rises, the evidence seems to point to a ghost from Joona’s past . . . the most terrifying villain he’s ever had to face.

Scandinavian Crime

 

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The Mermaid From Jeju by Sumi Hahn

A talented young deep-sea diver from occupied 1948 Korea’s neighboring Jeju Island visits Mt. Halla for her family’s annual trading trip before her romance with a mountain youth is upended by family tragedy and political turbulence.

Historical Fiction; Coming-of-age Story

 

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The Arctic Fury by Greer Macallister

Secretly hired by an eccentric Lady Franklin to lead a team of women explorers into the Arctic to recover Captain Sir John Franklin’s lost expedition, Virginia Reeve survives a harrowing quest only to find herself on trial for murder.

Historical Fiction; Suspenseful 

 

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The Wrong Family by Tarryn Fisher

Juno thought Winnie and her husband, Nigel, had the perfect marriage – the perfect life. Only now that she’s living in their beautiful house, she sees the cracks in the crumbling facade. Still, she isn’t one to judge. After her grim diagnosis, the retired therapist simply wants a place to live out the rest of her days in peace. But that peace is shattered the day Juno overhears a chilling conversation between Winnie and Nigel…

Psychological Suspense

New Holiday Fiction

New Holiday Fiction

Do seasonal stories give you all the cozy feelings for the holidays and cold nights ahead? Then look no further! Here we have snow-cased some new holiday fiction, as well as an expanded list of new holiday stories to delight in. If holiday fiction is not your way of embracing the season, you may always contact us via readers@mppl.org or by calling 847/590-4070 to help you find books that may make your season brighter!

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Silent Bite by David Rosenfelt

Finally getting into the Christmas spirit, lawyer Andy Carpenter, while running a dog rescue organization, which is his true passion, agrees to help his partner prove the innocence of a man wrongly accused of murder.

 

 

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An Ivy Hill Christmas by Julie Klassen

Haunted by an old secret and the shadows of his past, gentleman Richard Brockwell prefers to stay away from Ivy Hill–until his mother threatens to stop funding his carefree life unless he returns for Christmas. Will Christmastime in Ivy Hill, with all of its divine hope, unforeseen surprises, and unexpected romantic encounters, work its magic in his heart?

 

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The Twelve Dates of Christmas by Jenny Bayliss

Signing up with a dating agency during the holiday season against her better judgment, a jaded career woman endures one disastrous date after another before finding romance in an unexpected place.

 

 

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Christmas at Holiday House by RaeAnne Thayne

A young widow wanting to give her little boy a wonderful Christmas moves to Silver Bells, Colorado. She finds herself working for a single-minded businessman restoring his historic family mansion for the holidays.

New Fiction in November

New Fiction in November

A new month means new fiction to be thankful for! Highlighted here is just a small array of new fiction titles arriving in November. Click for a larger list of new fiction in November or, if you don’t see something exciting and new for you, you may always email readers@mppl.org or call and ask for Fiction/AV/Teen Services to get personalized suggestions.

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Moonflower Murders by Anthony Horowitz

Helping run her boyfriend’s small Greek island hotel, a homesick London editor is irresistibly drawn to the story of a murder on the Suffolk coast and the wrongful incarceration of an innocent immigrant.

Mystery

 

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Before The Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi

At a century-old Tokyo coffee shop rumored to offer patrons the chance to travel back in time, four customers reevaluate their formative life choices.

Magical Realism

 

 

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The Star-Crossed Sisters of Tuscany by Lori Nelson Spielman

Visiting an octogenarian relative in Italy who declares that she will break a family curse that has prevented all second-born daughters from marrying, three second daughters embark on a journey to help their great-aunt fulfill her final wish.

Relationships; Romance

 

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Girls of Brackenhill by Kate Moretti

Increasingly obsessed with uncovering the truth about her older sister’s unsolved disappearance 17 years earlier, Hannah exposes disturbing secrets that threaten her present-day life.

Psychological Thriller

 

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The Golfer’s Carol by Robert Bailey

Contemplating suicide in the face of his shattered dreams, an aspiring pro golfer is approached by the ghost of his successful late friend before commencing four rounds of golf with four champions who impart life-changing lessons.

Inspirational

 

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Written in the Stars by Alexandria Bellefleuer

A lighthearted romance inspired by Pride and Prejudice depicts the experiences of a free-spirited social media astrologer who agrees to a fake relationship with a no-nonsense actuary to appease their respective families.

Romance; Humorous 

 

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The Law of Innocence by Michael Connelly                                        Series: Mickey Haller novels, 7

Defense attorney Mickey Haller utilizes his legal team’s resources from behind bars to organize his own defense when he is framed for murder by an unknown adversary. By the best-selling author of the Harry Bosch series.

Legal Thriller

 

 

New Fiction in October

NEW FICTION IN OCTOBER

Don’t be scared! New books in October aren’t all about thrills and chills. Below is a selection of titles from our larger list of October new fiction releases. Included are tempting stories for every reader. For personalized reading suggestions, feel free to email us at readers@mppl.org.

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Leave The World Behind by Rumaan Alam

Sheltering in a New York beach house with a couple that has taken refuge during a massive blackout, a family struggles for information about the power failure while wondering if the cut-off property is actually safe.

Psychological Suspense

 

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Simmer Down by Sarah Smith

Nikki quit her job to help her mom with her food truck, but she didn’t expect the Maui food truck scene to be so competitive and for the competition to be so attractive. Nikki doesn’t care how delectable food truck owner Callum is–he set up shop next to her coveted parking spot! The solution? Let the upcoming Food Festival decide. But the longer their rivalry simmers, the more Nikki starts to see a different side of Callum…

Romance; Humorous

 

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The Searcher by Tana French

Looking to start a new life in a small Irish village, former Chicago police officer Cal Hooper comes out of retirement to help find a missing kid and uncovers layers of darkness beneath his picturesque retreat.

Mystery

 

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The Wonder Boy of Whistle Shop by Fannie Flagg

Taking a final visit to the ghost town where his mother Ruth’s Whistle Stop Cafe made its famous fried green tomatoes, Bud Threadgoode discovers new friends and surprises about the community’s women while triggering unexpected changes in his daughters’ lives.

Humorous; Heartwarming

 

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Memorial by Bryan Washington

A Japanese-American chef and a Black daycare teacher begin reevaluating their stale relationship in the wake of a father’s death and the arrival of an acerbic mother-in-law who becomes an unconventional roommate.

Reflective; Love on the Rocks

 

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The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton

Sailing back to Amsterdam in 1634 as a prisoner accused of an unknown crime, Detective Pipps relies on his faithful sidekick to help solve an onboard mystery in the new novel from the author of The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle.

Mystery