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The Frozen River: A Novel By Ariel Lawhon Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780385546874
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Published: Doubleday - December 5th, 2023

The latest historical fiction from Ariel Lawhon delivers an engrossing story about a compelling real person- Martha Ballard, a midwife in 1790s Maine. Using Martha’s actual diary entries, Lawhon tells a tale of murder and how Martha helped to solve it. Atmospheric and yet fast-paced and mesmerizing. I will be recommending this book to anyone who likes historical fiction!


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Mother-Daughter Murder Night: A Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick By Nina Simon Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780063315044
Availability: On our shelves now.
Published: William Morrow - September 5th, 2023

This debut is one part cozy mystery and one part heart-warming family drama. The three generations of Rubicon women are thrown together in a small house and must learn to navigate around each other… while solving a murder! Nina wrote the book to entertain her mother while she was going through cancer treatments, and there is a trigger warning for cancer, but she handles it beautifully. The mystery keeps you guessing, there is a quirky cast of locals in the sleepy coastal town in Northern California, and the writing is fast-paced. Pick this one up if you are looking for a fun, fast-moving mystery without a lot of suspense.


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The River We Remember: A Novel By William Kent Krueger Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781982179212
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Published: Atria Books - September 5th, 2023

William Kent Krueger gives us another very readable literary mystery in his third stand-alone book outside of the Cork O’Connor series. The small town of Jewel, Minnesota is turned upside down after the murder of a prominent citizen in the post-WWII era. With Sheriff Brody Dern at the helm of the investigation and a cast of characters including a war widow and her adolescent son, a female lawyer, and a nosy newspaperman, Krueger addresses PTSD and racial discrimination against people of Native American, German, and Japanese descent in 1950s America. His writing describes the power of nature with the river that runs through town as a central character, and he once again delivers a love song to the landscapes of Minnesota. 


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The Breakaway: A Novel By Jennifer Weiner Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781668033425
Availability: On our shelves now.
Published: Atria Books - August 29th, 2023

In her classic readable style, Jennifer Weiner spins a tale of romance on a cycling trip across New York, but takes on complex social issues as well. If you haven’t been on a bicycle in awhile, this story will make you want to dust yours off. However, Weiner also weaves in tenuous mother-daughter dynamics while navigating the complexity of body image issues and our current climate of women’s rights. This book is both fun and thought-provoking.