Check It Out Category: New and Recent Additions

New Fiction in September

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Fall into some fresh new fiction this September! A selection of some of the buzz-worthy titles are featured below and a longer list of new fiction arriving this month can be located here.

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The Magician by Colm Tóibín

An intimate, astonishingly complex portrait of Mann, his magnificent and complex wife Katia, and the times in which they lived–the first world war, the rise of Hitler, World War II, the Cold War, and exile. This is a man and a family fiercely engaged by the world, profoundly flawed, and unforgettable.

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Rizzio by Denise Mina

On the evening of March 9th, 1566, David Rizzio, the private secretary of Mary, Queen of Scots, was brutally murdered. Dragged from the chamber of the heavily pregnant Mary, Rizzio was stabbed fifty-six times by a party of assassins. This breathtakingly tense novella dramatizes the events that led up to that night, telling the infamous story as it has never been told before.

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The Shaadi Set-Up by Lillie Vale

In this witty and heartfelt rom-com debut for fans of Jasmine Guillory, Emily Henry, and Tessa Bailey, an Indian American woman signs herself and her boyfriend up for a matchmaking site to prove they’re a perfect match, only to be paired with her ex instead.

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Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead

A furniture salesman in 1960s Harlem becomes a fence for shady cops, local gangsters and low-life pornographers after his cousin involves him in a failed heist in the new novel from the two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Underground Railroad.

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Left For Dead by Sean Parnell

Special Operative Eric Steele battles a renegade group of bioterrorists armed with a devastating virus in the fourth pulse-pounding military thriller from the New York Times bestselling author of Outlaw Platoon.

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L.A. Weather by María Amparo Escandón

L.A. is parched, dry as a bone, and all Oscar, the weather-obsessed patriarch of the Alvarado family, desperately wants is a little rain. He’s harboring a costly secret that distracts him from everything else. His wife, Keila, desperate for a life with a little more intimacy and a little less Weather Channel, feels she has no choice but to end their marriage. Their three daughters are blindsided and left questioning everything they know.

New Fiction in August

New fiction in August

August is National Romance Awareness Month, and if that quickens your heart, there are several new, sizzling romance books ready for you to meet! New Fiction in August offers much more than romances, though, as you may see from the variety featured below, as well as from a broader spotlight here

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Bloodless by Douglas J. Preston

When completely exsanguinated bodies are found in Savannah, Georgia, FBI Agent Pendergast investigates amid growing panic and whispers of an infamous local vampire in the 20th novel in the series, following Crooked River.

Thriller; Fast-Paced

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The Heart Principle by Helen Hoang

When she suddenly loses her ability to play the violin, Anna Sun must learn to listen to her heart and falls in love with a man her parents disapprove of, forcing her to choose between meeting expectations and finding happiness in who she really is.

Romance; Amusing

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My Heart Is a Chainsaw by Stephen Graham Jones

Protected by horror movies — especially the ones where the masked killer seeks revenge on a world that wronged them, Jade Daniels, an angry, half-Indian outcast, pulls us into her dark mind when blood actually starts to spill into the waters of Indian lake.

Horror; Stylistically Complex

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Edge Case by Y.Z. Chin

After another taxing day as the sole female employee at her New York City tech startup, Edwina comes home to find that her husband, Marlin, has packed up a suitcase and left. The only question now is why. Did he give up on their quest to secure their green cards and decide to return to Malaysia? Was it the death of his father? Or has his strange, sudden change in personality finally made Marlin and Edwina strangers to each other?

Darkly Humorous; Thought-Provoking

Sisters in Arms by Kaia Alderson

The first Black women allowed to serve in the army, Grace Steele and Eliza Jones, helping form the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion, navigate their way through the segregated ranks, finally making it overseas where they do their parts for the country they love.

Historical Fiction; Compelling

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Velvet Was the Night by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

In 1970s Mexico City, Maite, a secretary with a penchant for romance novels, searches for her missing neighbor, Leonora, a beautiful art student, which leads her to an eccentric gangster who longs to escape his own life, and together, they set out to discover the dangerous truth.

Atmospheric; Suspenseful

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Another Kind of Eden by James Lee Burke

After hopping off a boxcar in early 1960s Denver, aspiring novelist Aaron Holland Broussard meets and instantly connects with Joanne McDuffy, a college student who is involved with a shady professor caught up in a drug-addled cult.

Family Saga; Noir

New Fiction in July

New Fiction in July

Waves of new books have come in! Featured here is just a small selection. More titles may be found on the New Fiction in July list, or, if those don’t rock your reading boat, we offer personalized suggestions via this form, or feel free to give us a call at 847/590-4070!

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Razorblade Tears by S.A. Crosby

When his son Isiah and Isiah’s white husband, Derek, are murdered, ex-con Ike Randolph bands together with Derek’s father, another ex-con, to rain down vengeance upon those who hurt their boys while confronting their own prejudices about each other and their own sons.

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While We Were Dating by Jasmine Guillory

Featuring Ben Stephens, Theo’s brother from The Wedding Party, this charming and hilarious new Romance finds Ben and a famous actress struggling to keep their working relationship strictly professional.


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Such A Quiet Place by Megan Miranda

When the woman implicated in the murder of a couple in their formerly idyllic and close-knit neighborhood returns to Hollow’s Edge, suspicion spreads like a virus and it soon becomes apparent to Harper Nash that not everyone told the truth about the night of the murder.

BONUS: Register to attend Domestic Thriller Night! An Evening with Megan Miranda and Shari Lapena on August 12

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China Room by Sunjeez Sahota

Mehar, a young bride in rural 1929 Punjab, is trying to discover the identity of her new husband. Married to three brothers in a single ceremony, she and her now-sisters spend their days hard at work in the family’s “china room,” sequestered from contact with the men – except when their domineering mother-in-law, Mai, summons them to a darkened chamber at night. As the early stirrings of the Indian independence movement rise around her, Mehar must weigh her own desires against the reality – and danger – of her situation.

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A Woman of Intelligence by Karin Tanabe

A former translator at the United Nations who has become a bored 1950s housewife is asked to join the FBI as an informant after a man from her past has become a high-level Soviet spy.

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The Final Girl Support Group by Grady Hendrix

A real-life “final girl”–the one girl always left standing at the end of a horror movie, Lynette Tarkington, who survived a massacre 22 years ago, along with five other final girls, works to overcome her past until someone becomes determined to take their lives apart again, piece by piece.

New Fiction in May

New Fiction in May

Spring has sprung and so have new books! Peruse this collection of recent additions and find more, here. Rain or shine, a new book will surely put a spring in your step. Step to it and start browsing or if these titles aren’t your particular ray of sunshine, call Fiction/AV/Teen services at 847/590-4070 or fill out this form for some personalized suggestions!

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The Guncle by Steven Rowley

When Patrick, or Gay Uncle Patrick (GUP) for short, takes on the role of primary guardian for his young niece and nephew, he sets “Guncle Rules,” but soon learn that parenting isn’t solved with treats or jokes as his eyes are opened to a new sense of responsibility.

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While Justice Sleeps by Stacey Abrams

Plunged into an explosive role she never anticipated, Avery Keene, now the legal guardian of power of attorney for the legendary Justice Howard Wynn, must unravel the clues he left behind in regards to a dangerous conspiracy that has infiltrated the highest power corridors of Washington.

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Arsenic and Adobo by Mia P. Manansala

The first book in a new culinary cozy series full of sharp humor and delectable dishes—one that might just be killer….

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Local Woman Missing by Mary Kubica

When Delilah, who disappeared 11 years earlier when she was only 6 years old, shockingly returns, the residents of a quiet suburban neighborhood want to know what happened to her, but no one is prepared for what they’ll find.


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The Last Green Valley by Mark Sullivan

March 1944, as Stalin’s forces push into Ukraine, Emil and Adeline Martel must make a terrible decision: Do they wait for the Soviet bear’s intrusion and risk being sent to Siberia? Or do they reluctantly follow the wolves – murderous Nazi officers who have pledged to protect “pure-blood” Germans? The Martels are one of many families of German heritage whose ancestors have farmed in Ukraine for over a century. But after already living under Stalin’s regime, they decide they must run with the wolves they despise to escape the Soviets and go in search of freedom.

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Swimming Back to Trout River by Linda Rui Feng

Set against the backdrop of China’s Cultural Revolution, this lyrical novel follows a father’s determination to reunite his family before his daughter Junie’s 12th birthday, even if it means bringing painful family secrets to light.

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Black Water Sister by Zen Cho

Jessamyn Teoh is closeted, broke and moving back to Malaysia, a country she left when she was a toddler. So when Jess starts hearing voices, she chalks it up to stress. But there’s only one voice in her head, and it claims to be the ghost of her estranged grandmother, Ah Ma. In life Ah Ma was a spirit medium, the avatar of a mysterious deity called the Black Water Sister. Now she’s determined to settle a score against a gang boss who has offended the god–and she’s decided Jess is going to help her do it.

New Fiction in April

New Fiction in April

April showers bring…new books! Fresh books have come in this month, and below is just a sprinkling of titles that might get your reading sprouted this spring. We’ve also got a longer list of new titles to browse here. If the right spring book isn’t here for you, feel free to contact the Fiction/AV/Teen desk at 847/590-4070 or email us at readers@mppl.org for personalized suggestions.

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Dial A For Aunties by Jesse Q. Sutanto

Accidentally causing the death of a blind date, Meddy is persuaded by her meddlesome Chinese-Indonesian mother and aunts to dispose of the body, which upends a billionaire’s wedding and Meddy’s reunion with a former flame.

Funny; Offbeat

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In The Company of Killers by Bryan Christy

An investigative wildlife reporter and secret CIA spy pursues a vengeful opportunity to capture the man responsible for a friend’s death by infiltrating the offices of a woman he once loved.

Spy Fiction; Intricately Plotted

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The Bohemians by Jasmin Darznik

A novel of one of America’s most celebrated photographers, Dorothea Lange, explores the wild years in San Francisco that awakened her career-defining grit, compassion, and daring.

Historical Fiction; Atmospheric

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Caul Baby by Morgan Jenkins

Finds a would-be mother rendered the unexpected caregiver of a niece’s unplanned baby, who a matriarch predicts will restore their family’s prosperity.

Magical Realism; Stylistically Complex

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The Nine Lives of Rose Napolitano by Donna Freitas

A woman who never wanted to be a mother reconnects with her estranged husband in the wake of unexpected news and is challenged to reevaluate herself in an unanticipated role.

Reflective; Engaging

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Gold Diggers by Sanjena Sathian

A satirical coming-of-age story follows the experiences of an Indian-American teen in the Bush-era Atlanta suburbs, who joins his crush’s plot to use an ancient alchemical potion to meet high parental expectations, triggering devastating consequences.

Coming-of-Age; Fast-Paced

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Hummingbird Salamander by Jeff Vandermeer

Sent taxidermied specimens of two endangered species, a software manager becomes the target of the ecoterrorists and wildlife traffickers behind a catastrophic global conspiracy.

Dystopian Fiction; Intricately Plotted