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Backstage at the Lincoln Assassination: The Untold Story of the Actors and Stagehands at Ford’s Theatre

By Thomas A. Bogar
Recommended By Brenda Cherry, Reference Librarian


An account of Lincoln's assassination is told from the perspectives of dozens of Ford's Theatre workers and performers, drawing on previously unpublished sources to cite relevant misjudgments and reveal the fates of key witnesses.

Breath of Snow and Ashes

By Diana Gabaldon
Series Outlander Novels
Recommended By Sonia Grgas, Health Reference Librarian


In 1772, on the eve of the American Revolution, Jamie Fraser is asked by the governor to help protect the colonies for the King and Crown, but, thanks to his time-traveling twentieth-century wife, Claire, Jamie is aware of the ultimate result of the rebellion, a situation complicated by his discovery of an obituary, dated four years hence, that reports his own death.

Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?: A Memoir

By Roz Chast
Recommended By Sue Ann R., Head of Children's Services


“A graphic memoir by a long-time New Yorker cartoonist celebrates the final years of her aging parents’ lives through four-color cartoons, family photos and documents that reflect the artist’s struggles with caregiver challenges (From the Publisher).”

Children Act

By Ian McEwan
Recommended By Lisa Caputo, Assistant Library Director


A highly respected London judge hides her decision to separate from a husband who wants an open marriage, a loss that challenges her beliefs throughout a case involving parents whose faith forbids a life-saving transfusion for their son.

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By Lisa Gardner
Series Detective D.D. Warren Novels
Recommended By Jackie Ranaldo, Head of Readers' Services


While on the trail of a twisted serial killer, Detective Dodge must track down a woman from his past who may be every bit as dangerous as the killer.

Homer & Langley

By E.L. Doctorow
Recommended By Rosemarie Birofka, Librarian Trainee


A tale inspired by a true story finds the blind Homer Collyer closeted within a once-grand Fifth Avenue mansion with his damaged brother and remembering a life marked by colorful characters, political events, and technological achievements.

How We Got To Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World

By Steven Johnson
Recommended By Pam Martin, Head of Adult Programming, Brenda Cherry, Reference Librarian


A history of innovation shares stories of accidental genius and brilliant mistakes, examines unexpected connections between seemingly unrelated fields, and reveals how important inventions have had unintended consequences.

Key of Light

By Nora Roberts
Series Key Trilogy
Recommended By Stacey Levine, Readers' Services Librarian


The first in the new Key trilogy follows Malory, a woman gifted with artistic talent, as she races to find the Key of Light-a perilous mission that could either forge her destiny or shatter her life forever.

Little Easter

By Reed Farrel Coleman
Series Dylan Klein Mysteries
Recommended By Ed Goldberg, Head of Reference


“Little Easter is a novel about the falls we take and the ways in which we recover…if we recover at all. Join Dylan Klein’s forays into the clandestine worlds of the Mafia, New York’s Diamond Exchange, and behind the police department’s blue wall of silence. Meet the fallen and the tall (From the Publisher).”

Monogram Murders: The New Hercule Poirot Mystery

By Sophie Hannah
Series The New Hercule Poirot Mysteries
Recommended By Sonia Grgas, Health Reference Librarian


A mystery featuring Agatha Christie’s legendary hero follows Hercule Poirot as he tries to solve a diabolically clever puzzle in 1920s London that will put his keen skills of detection to the test.

Orphan Train

By Christina Baker Kline
Recommended By Rosemarie Germaine, Senior Library Clerk, Evelyn Hershkowitz, Readers' Services Librarian, Lisa Jones, Readers' Services Librarian, Pam Strudler, Children's Librarian


Close to aging out of the foster care system, Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer takes a community service position helping an elderly woman named Vivian clean out her home and discovers that they are more alike than different as she helps Vivian solve a mystery from her past

Other Story

By Tatiana de Rosnay
Recommended By Jean Simpson, Readers' Services Librarian


“Hoping to put a generations-old secret behind him, Nicholas Duhamel becomes a successful writer and pens a novel that makes him famous before he is forced to reexamine his family’s disturbing past (From the Publisher)."

Queen of the Tearling

By Erika Johansen
Recommended By Merry Cohen, Library Clerk


Coming out of exile to ascend her rightful throne, Princess Kelsea Raleigh Glynn, with a cadre of soldiers and the magical Tearling sapphire to protect her, makes a daring decision that evokes the wrath of the evil Red Witch, forcing her to embark on a quest to save her kingdom and fulfill her destiny.

Science of Sin

By Simon Laham
Recommended By Stacey Levine, Readers' Services Librarian


Combines modern research and historical anecdotes to make a lighthearted case for living a sinful life.

Sea Escape

By Lynne Griffin
Recommended By Rosemarie Germaine, Senior Library Clerk


Balancing her roles as a wife and mother with the responsibility of caring for a parent who is recovering from a stroke, Laura reads love letters exchanged by her parents during the 1950s and tumultuous Vietnam War period, a correspondence that reveals unexpected truths.

Shanghai Girls

By Lisa See
Series May and Pearl Novels
Recommended By Susan Adams, Library Assistant


May and Pearl, two sisters living in Shanghai in the mid–1930s are beautiful, sophisticated and well–educated, but their family is on the verge of bankruptcy. Hoping to improve their social standing, May and Pearl’s parents arrange for their daughters to marry "Gold Mountain men" who have come from Los Angeles to find brides.

Songs of Willow Frost

By Jamie Ford
Recommended By Jackie Ranaldo, Head of Readers' Services


Confined to Seattle's Sacred Heart Orphanage during the Great Depression, Chinese-American boy William Eng becomes convinced that a certain movie actress is actually the mother he has not seen since he was seven years old.

Week in Winter

By Maeve Binchy
Recommended By Pam Martin, Head of Adult Programming


Follows the efforts of a woman who turns a coastal Ireland mansion into a holiday resort and receives an assortment of first guests who throughout the course of a week share laughter and the heartache of respective challenges. 

Where She Went

By Gayle Forman
Series If I Stay Novels
Recommended By Pam Strudler, Children's Librarian


Adam, now a rising rock star, and Mia, a successful cellist, reunite in New York and reconnect after the horrific events that tore them apart when Mia almost died in a car accident three years earlier.

Yes Please

By Amy Poehler
Recommended By Amy B., Children's Librarian, Sharon Long, Teen Librarian


Actress, Amy Poehler, reveals personal stories and offers her humorous take on such topics as love, friendship, parenthood, and her relationship with Tina Fey.

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