May 26, 2023 - Summer Reading has Begun!

Now that the Summer Reading Program was officially launched last Saturday with a full day of programs ending with a campfire sing-along (a shout out to the Village of DeForest for the loan of a couple of fire pits and some really dry wood that burned very nicely!), we are suddenly  heading into the Memorial Day weekend.  With a long weekend to look forward to and the Summer Reading Program encouraging you to read and record your books, you couldn’t ask for a better time to sit back, kick off your shoes, and start reading through that TBR (To Be Read) pile of books or binging on the TBW (To Be Watched) pile of dvds, or putting together a new jigsaw puzzle, or gathering family and friends together to play a new board game (or video game). The library can help you with any of those endeavors. Stop by and stock up! Below you will find some of the new titles which recently arrived at the library which you can add to your TBR pile. Have a great holiday weekend. Enjoy!

New Non-Fiction

“The Last Secret of the Secret Annex: The Untold Story of Anne Frank, Her Silent Protector, and a Family Betrayal” by Joop van Wijk-Voskuijl and Jeroen De Bruyn. This is an historical investigation and family memoir that intertwines the iconic narrative of Anne Frank with the untold story of Bep Voskuijl, her protector and closest confidante in the Annex.

New Fiction

“The Girl by the Bridge: A Detective Konrad Novel”  by Arnaldur Indridason. An elderly couple are worried about their granddaughter. They know she's been smuggling drugs, and now she's gone missing. Looking for help, they turn to Konrad, a former policeman whose reputation precedes him. 

“The Ballad of Lord Edward and Citizen Small” by Neil Jordan. An enslaved man escaping to his freedom saves the life of Lord Edward Fitzgerald, a British army officer and the younger son of one of Ireland's grandest families. The tale that unfolds is narrated by Tony Small, the formerly enslaved man who becomes Fitzgerald's companion—and best friend.

“The Midnight News” by Jo Baker. From the best-selling author of Longbourn, a gripping novel of one young woman’s unraveling during the Blitz—a story of World War II intrigue, love, and danger.

“The House on Prytania (A Royal Street Novel)” by Karen White. A woman is haunted—both literally and figuratively—by ghosts of the past in this second novel of the Royal Street series by the  “New York Times” bestselling author.

“Independence Square: Arkady Renko in Ukraine” by Martin Cruz Smith. This is the 10th book by the author  featuring the detective Arkady Renko.  These novels, beginning with 1981’s international sensation Gorky Park, have collectively traced Russia's evolution over the last half-century. This book focuses on the fraught and frenzied days leading up to Vladimir Putin’s war against Ukraine.

“Pieces of Blue” by Holly Goldberg Slaon. When Paul Hill drowns in a surfing accident, his broken-hearted wife, Lindsey, and their three children are left in huge financial trouble.  She impulsively uses the life insurance  money to buy a motel in Hawaii, hoping for a fresh start. 

“The Making of Another Major Motion Picture Masterpiece” by Tom Hanks & R. Sikoryak. The legendary actor and best-selling author present a story of a star-studded, multimillion-dollar superhero action film and the humble comic books that inspired it that captures the changes in America and American culture since World War II.

“Quantum Solution (Evan Ryder Book 4)” by Eric Van Lustbader. When an elite Russian scientist and the American Secretary of Defense die, at the same time half a world apart, of inexplicable sudden catastrophic brain damage, the world’s intelligence services realize that the quantum war has truly begun. Ryder and her long-time partner, Ben Butler, risk their lives to discover who the true combatants are, racing against the doomsday scenario of all-out war between America and Russia.

“The Little Flower Shop” by  Lori Foster. Since her divorce, Emily Lucretia—affectionately known as the flower lady to the people of Cemetery, Indiana—has been focused on her flower shop and taking care of her aging aunt and uncle. Her love life is hardly the centerpiece of her busy days until the matchmaking starts. 

“The Hearts Choice (The Jewels of Kalispell Book #1)” by Tracie Peterson and Kimberly Woodhouse. After witnessing a wrongful conviction as a young girl, Rebecca Whitman--the first female court reporter in Montana--is now determined to defend the innocent. During a murder trial, something doesn't sit well with her about the case, but no one except the new Carnegie librarian will listen to her

“Counter Attack (Pearl River)” by Patricia Bradley. Just as  Alexis Stone been sworn in as the interim sheriff for Russell County, Tennessee, a serial killer dubbed the “Queen's Gambit Killer” strikes again in her hometown of Pearl Springs.  This interim job was only a  stop along the way to Alex's real dream of becoming the first female police chief of Chattanooga. But the killer's calling card--a white pawn and a note with a chess move printed on it--cannot be ignored.

“In the Shadow of the River” by Ann Gabhart. In 1881, Jacci Reed was five years old when a man attempted to kidnap her from the steamboat her mother, Irena, worked on. Badly wounded during the confrontation, Irena takes Jacci aboard the showboat, the  ”Kingston Floating Palace,”  where, Jacci gets a taste of the actor’s life she will come to lead.