Rowayton Library Recommends

The Reappearance of Rachel Price

June 21, 2024

by Holly Jackson. Eighteen-year-old Bel has lived her whole life in the shadow of her mom’s mysterious disappearance. Sixteen years ago, Rachel Price vanished and young Bel was the only witness, but she has no memory of it. Rachel is gone, long presumed dead, and Bel wishes everyone would just move on. But the case is dredged up from the past when the Price family agrees to a true crime documentary. Bel can’t wait for filming to end, for life to go back to normal. And then the impossible happens. Rachel Price reappears, and life will never be normal again. Rachel has an unbelievable story about what happened to her. Unbelievable, because Bel isn’t sure it’s real. If Rachel is lying, then where has she been all this time? And—could she be dangerous? With the cameras still rolling, Bel must uncover the truth about her mother, and find out why Rachel Price really came back from the dead . .

It Waits in the Forest

June 21, 2024

It Waits in the Forest by Sarah Dass. Unlike the other residents of the small Caribbean Island of St. Virgil, Selina DaSilva does not believe in magic. With a logical mind and a knack for botany, Selina used to dream of leaving the island to study Pharmacology--until a vicious, unsolved attack left her father dead and her mother in a coma. Now her guilt over her mother’s condition keeps her tethered to the island, relegated to conning gullible tourists with useless talismans and phony protection rituals. But when one of those tourists ends up at the center of a string of strange murders, the truth that Selina has been denying can no longer be avoided: there is evil lurking in the forests that surround St. Virgil. Another thing that can’t be avoided? Selina’s ex-boyfriend Gabriel, newly employed at the local newspaper and eager to put his investigative skills to use. Desperate to put an end to the killings and claim justice for Selina’s family, these two former lovers race to find answers. But evil bides its time. And as long-buried feelings and long-hidden secrets about Selina’s family’s past begin to reveal themselves, only one answer remains--and it waits in the forest.

The Honeys

June 21, 2024

The Honeys by Ryan La Sala. Mars has always been the lesser twin, the shadow to his sister Caroline's radiance. But when Caroline dies under horrific circumstances, Mars is propelled to learn all he can about his once-inseparable sister who'd grown tragically distant. Mars's genderfluidity means he's often excluded from the traditions--and expectations--of his politically connected family. This includes attendance at the prestigious Aspen Conservancy Summer Academy where his sister poured so much of her time. But with his grief still fresh, he insists on attending in her place. What Mars finds is a bucolic fairytale not meant for him. Folksy charm and sun-drenched festivities camouflage old-fashioned gender roles and a toxic preparatory rigor. Mars seeks out his sister's old friends: a group of girls dubbed the Honeys, named for the beehives they maintain behind their cabin. They are beautiful and terrifying--and Mars is certain they're connected to Caroline's death. But the longer he stays at Aspen, the more the sweet mountain breezes give way to hints of decay. Mars’s memories begin to falter, bleached beneath the relentless summer sun. Something is hunting him in broad daylight, toying with his mind. If Mars can't find it soon, it will eat him alive.

All My Rage

June 21, 2024

by Sabaa Tahir. Salahudin and Noor are more than best friends; they are family. Growing up as outcasts in the small desert town of Juniper, California, they understand each other the way no one else does. Until The Fight, which destroys their bond with the swift fury of a star exploding. Now, Sal scrambles to run the family motel as his mother Misbah’s health fails and his grieving father loses himself to alcoholism. Noor, meanwhile, walks a harrowing tightrope: working at her wrathful uncle’s liquor store while hiding the fact that she’s applying to college so she can escape him--and Juniper--forever. When Sal’s attempts to save the motel spiral out of control, he and Noor must ask themselves what friendship is worth--and what it takes to defeat the monsters in their pasts and the ones in their midst.

The Perilous Performance at Milkweed Meadow

June 21, 2024

by Elaine Dimopoulos. After their remarkable rescue, the meadow creatures are back--now closer than ever and with beloved rabbit Butternut still captivating them all with her storytelling. But when a dazzling group of traveling turkeys shows up and persuades the meadow creatures to join them in putting on a performance, Butternut is not sure she can find her place in all the excitement. She questions her storytelling abilities compared to this new crew. When it turns out the turkeys--and the grand show--are not what they seem, Butternut’s family and friends are suddenly in imminent danger. Butternut must figure out how to trust herself and find help. In the end, the hope is that friendship will win once more. Beautiful and arresting black-and-white illustrations bring the animals to life in this nail-biting and heartwarming story about trust: trusting our instincts, trusting our creative talents, and trusting those who know and love us, even when it’s hard.

The (Mostly) True Story of Cleopatra's Needle

June 21, 2024

by Dan Gutman. In Central Park, New York, stands Cleopatra’s Needle. But what do you know about it? Did you know that thousands of people worked in 1461 BCE to build it? Then hundreds more moved it, and erected it in Alexandria, where it stood for 3,000 years? So how did a monolith weighing over 200 tons get moved all the way to New York City--and in the 19th Century, no less? In this historical fiction account by bestselling author Dan Gutman, five kids who watched the Needle at each phase of its history recount the daring story of how something that seemed to be impossible--and that nearly ended in disaster--finally succeeded against all odds. Including photos, diagrams, and illustrations, this book will leave history lovers and fans of problem-solving astounded at all that was accomplished

The Monarchs of Winghaven

June 21, 2024

by Naila Moreira. Sammie, a budding naturalist, knows of a secret and wonderful place: Winghaven, an abandoned lot in the middle of the suburbs where wildlife flourishes. She spends hours making notes and drawings in her meticulous field journal. When Bram, a new boy, turns up with his camera, Sammie worries he’ll give away her hidden haven--after all, the other boys at school bully her. But Bram is a scientist like Sammie, and together they observe tiny pond creatures, a pileated woodpecker with a red crest like a pirate’s bandana, and thriving monarch butterflies whose habitats are becoming scarce. When Sammie and Bram discover bright flagging tape encircling the trees, they learn Winghaven is in danger from a local developer--and it’s going to take courage, spirit, and science to save it. This beautifully written story, full of details about the natural world, includes Sammie’s field illustrations as well as real-life notes on keeping a nature journal, studying monarchs, and bird-watching.

Cruzita and the Mariacheros

June 21, 2024

by Ashley Granillo. Cruzita is going to be a pop star. All she has to do is win a singing contest at her favorite theme park and get famous. But she can’t go to the theme park this summer. Instead, she has to help out at her family’s bakery, which has been struggling ever since Tío Chuy died. Cruzita’s great-uncle poured his heart into the bakery--the family legacy--and now that he’s gone, nothing is the same. When Cruzita’s not rolling uneven tortillas or trying to salvage rock-hard conchas, she has to take mariachi lessons, even though she doesn’t know how to play her great-grandpa’s violin and she’s not fluent in Spanish. At first, she’s convinced her whole summer will be a disaster. But as she discovers the heart and soul of mariachi music, she realizes that there’s more than one way to be a star--and more than one way to carry on a legacy.

And Then, Boom!

June 21, 2024

by Lisa Fipps. Joe Oak is used to living on unsteady ground. His mom can’t be depended on as she never stays around long once she gets “the itch,” and now he and his beloved grandmother find themselves without a home. Fortunately, Joe has an outlet in his journals and drawings and takes comfort from the lessons of comic books--superheroes have a lot of “and then, boom” moments, where everything threatens to go bust but somehow they land on their feet. And that seems to happen a lot to Joe too, as in this crisis his friend Nick helps them find a home in his trailer park. But things fall apart again when Joe is suddenly left to fend for himself. He’s never felt so alone--until an emaciated little dog and her two tiny pups cross his path. And fate has even more in store for Joe because an actual tornado is about to hit home--and just when it seems all is lost, his life turns in a direction that he never could have predicted.

The Taste of Things (PG-13)

June 20, 2024

The Taste of Things – Movie- PG-13-Drama/Romance/History Cook Eugenie and her boss Dodin have grown fond of one another for over 20 years, and their romance gives rise to dishes that impress even the world's most illustrious chefs. When Dodin is faced with Eugenie's reluctance to commit, he begins to cook for her.

One Life (PG)

June 20, 2024

One Life – Movie- PG- History/Drama/Biography Based on the book If It's Not Impossible...: The Life of Sir Nicholas Winton by Barbara Winton, ONE LIFE tells the incredible, emotional true story of Nicholas 'Nicky' Winton, a young London broker who visits Prague in December 1938. In a race against time, Winton convinces Trevor Chadwick and Doreen Warriner of the British Committee for Refugees in Czechoslovakia to rescue hundreds of predominantly Jewish children before Nazi occupation closes the borders. Fifty years later, Nicky is haunted by the fate of the children he couldn’t bring to safety in England. It's not until the BBC show "That's Life!" re-introduces him to some of those he helped rescue that he finally begins to come to terms with the guilt and grief he carried -- all the while skyrocketing from anonymity to a national hero.

In the Land of Saints and Sinners (R)

June 20, 2024

In the Land of Saints and Sinners-Movie-R- Action/Mystery & Thriller  Ireland, 1970s. Eager to leave his dark past behind, Finbar Murphy leads a quiet life in the remote coastal town of Glencolmcille, far from the political violence that grips the rest of the country. But when a menacing crew of terrorists arrives, led by a ruthless woman named Doirean, Finbar is drawn into an increasingly vicious game of cat and mouse, forcing him to choose between exposing his secret identity or defending his friends and neighbors.

Dune Part 2 (PG-13)

June 20, 2024

Dune Part 2 – Movie – PG-13 - Sci-Fi/Adventure/Action/Fantasy/Drama Paul Atreides unites with Chani and the Fremen while seeking revenge against the conspirators who destroyed his family. Facing a choice between the love of his life and the fate of the universe, he must prevent a terrible future only he can foresee.

Creation of the Gods I: Kingdom of Storms (NR)

June 20, 2024

Creation of the Gods I: Kingdom of Storms– NR- Action & Adventure After conspiring to kill the emperor and seize power, King Zhou reigns as a tyrant so brutal that he incurs the wrath of Heaven. In a final attempt to save the mortal world from desperate peril, the gods intervene and invest in an unlikely champion brave enough to challenge the evil king.

Cocaine Bear (R)

June 20, 2024

Cocaine Bear – Move- R- Comedy, Action & Adventure Inspired by the 1985 true story of a drug runner's plane crash, missing cocaine, and the black bear that ate it, this wild dark comedy finds an oddball group of cops, criminals, tourists, and teens converging in a Georgia forest where a 500-pound apex predator has ingested a staggering amount of cocaine and gone on a coke-fueled rampage for more blow—and blood.

Bob Marley (PG-13)

June 20, 2024

Bob Marley – Movie- PG-13-Music, Drama, Biography Celebrate the life and music of an icon who inspired generations through his message of love, peace, and unity. In One Love, discover Bob Marley's powerful story of overcoming adversity and the journey behind his revolutionary music that changed the world.

Arthur the King (R)

June 20, 2024

Arthur The King – Movie - R- Drama, Adventure  Over the course of ten days and 435 miles, an unbreakable bond is forged between pro adventure racer Michael Light and a scrappy street dog companion dubbed Arthur. Based on an incredible true story, ARTHUR THE KING follows Light, desperate for one last chance to win, as he convinces a sponsor to back him and a team of athletes for the Adventure Racing World Championship in the Dominican Republic. As the team is pushed to their outer limits of endurance in the race, Arthur redefines what victory, loyalty and friendship truly mean.

Kingdom Hearts

May 21, 2024

adapted by Shiro Amano, is a manga series based on the Kingdom Hearts action role-playing game. Like the game, the series mixes classic Disney characters with another richly imagined fictional universe. The series begins when a young boy named Sora survives a storm that decimates his island home and sets him adrift. As he sets out in search of his friends, Riku and Kairi, Sora encounters adventurers from Disney Castle, Wizard Donald and Captain Goofy, who are in search of their lost king, Mickey. A perfect series for Disney lovers!

The Itsy Bitsy Spider: Big Book of Fun, Little Book of Learning

May 21, 2024

is an engaging board book that goes along with the classic children’s song, with cute images of the famous spider. But it also includes an attached “little book” focused on opposites that the song highlights: up/down, in/out, sun/moon, etc. It helps to reinforce the concepts and is perfect for little hands to flip through while listening to the story!

Habitats: A Journey In Nature

May 21, 2024

written by Hannah Pang and illustrated by Isobel Lundie is a gorgeous interactive book that welcomes close and careful inspection.Habitats show different ecosystems found around the world--from rainforests to deserts to mountains--and offer detailed illustrations and descriptions of the animals that inhabit them. Each page is divided into flaps that represent distinct layers of the habitat and, when lifted, show the masses of life that teem in these spaces.

Gaga Mistake Day

May 21, 2024

written by Emma and Susan Straub and illustrated by Jessica Love, is an ode to a grandchild’s days with grandma. “Gaga” is a glamorous, fun-spirited grandmother who loves to break the rules or make up her own “mistakes”. They walk backward all the way to the park, fill the tub with bubbles, make sure to eat all the marshmallow “goblins” in the house, and read bedtime stories upside down. Written by Emma Straub, author of Very Good Hats with her own mother, Susan Straub, and gorgeously illustrated by Jessica Love, this book is a perfect multigenerational read.

A Friend for Eddy

May 21, 2024

A Friend for Eddy by Ann Kim Ha mixes humor and suspense to tell the tale of an unlikely friendship. Eddy is a goldfish living alone in a fishbowl and, while he’s very good at entertaining himself by chasing his tail, sometimes life gets lonely. Then, when he spots two new yellow fish outside the bowl, he’s overjoyed: two new friends! In an attempt to say hello, Eddy takes a big risk and jumps out of his bowl--only to discover that his new friends are not actually fish but the two yellow eyes of a cat! What happens next will surprise and delight readers.

Brave Baby Hummingbird

May 21, 2024

Brave Baby Hummingbird, written by Sy Montgomery and illustrated by Tiffany Bozic is a beautiful, informative book about one of the most remarkable types of birds. Narrated from the point of view of a young hummingbird, the book follows the journey of the bird from the nest to the wider world. Packed with gorgeous, lifelike illustrations, the book also contains fascinating facts about these birds, like the fact that they can fly backward or even upside down! 

Bluey (NR)

May 5, 2024

Bluey- Series- NR--The adventures of a Blue Heeler puppy, Bluey, who lives with her mother, father, and sister; her energy and lovable spirit get her into all kinds of funny and unpredictable situations

Ghosts (NR)

May 5, 2024

Ghosts – Series – NR---The crumbling country pile of Button House is home to numerous restless spirits who have died there over the centuries --each ghost very much a product of their time resigned to squabbling with each other for eternity over the most inane of daily gripes. But their lives--or, rather, afterlives--are thrown into turmoil when a young couple--Alison and Mike--surprisingly inherit the peaceful derelict house and make plans to turn it into a bustling family hotel. As the ghosts attempt to oust the newcomers from their home, and Mike and Alison discover the true scale of the project they’ve taken on, fate conspires to trap both sides in an impossible house share, where every day is, literally, a matter of life and death.

Doom Patrol (NR)

May 5, 2024

Doom Patrol- Series – NR- Drama, Action, Adventure, Fantasy--The members of the team have found their purpose through The Chief and have come together to investigate some of the world's weirdest phenomena. After The Chief mysteriously disappears, though, the reluctant heroes find themselves called to action by Cyborg, who comes to them with a mission that they cannot refuse. Doom Patrol -- part support group, part superhero team -- is a band of superpowered freaks fighting for a world that wants nothing to do with them.

Which Brings Me to You (NR)

May 5, 2024

Which Brings Me to You–Movie- NR- Comedy, Drama, Romance--Two romantic burnouts, Jane and Will, are immediately drawn to each other at a mutual friend's wedding. After a disastrous hookup in the coatroom, the two spend the next 24 hours together, trading candid confessions of messy histories and heartbreak, on the off chance that this fling might be the real thing.

Ordinary Angels (PG)

May 5, 2024

Ordinary Angels – Movie – PG - Drama--Based on a remarkable true story, ORDINARY ANGELS centers on Sharon Steves, a fierce but struggling hairdresser in small-town Kentucky who discovers a renewed sense of purpose when she meets Ed Schmitt, a widower working hard to make ends meet for his two daughters. With his youngest daughter waiting for a liver transplant, Sharon sets her mind to helping the family and will move mountains to do it. What unfolds is the inspiring tale of faith, everyday miracles, and ordinary angels.

Mean Girls (PG-13)

May 5, 2024

Mean Girls – Movie- PG-13- Musical & Comedy--New student Cady Heron is welcomed into the top of the social food chain by the elite group of popular girls called "The Plastics," ruled by the conniving queen bee Regina George and her minions Gretchen and Karen. However, when Cady makes the major misstep of falling for Regina's ex-boyfriend Aaron Samuels, she finds herself prey in Regina's crosshairs. As Cady sets to take down the group's apex predator with the help of her outcast friends Janis and Damian, she must learn how to stay true to herself while navigating the most cutthroat jungle of all: high school.

Madame Web (PG-13)

May 5, 2024

Madame Web Movie – PG-13 - Action, Adventure, Mystery & Thriller--Madame Web tells the standalone origin story of one of Marvel publishing's most enigmatic heroines. The suspense-driven thriller stars Dakota Johnson as Cassandra Webb, a paramedic in Manhattan who develops the power to see the future... and realizes she can use that insight to change it. Forced to confront revelations about her past, she forges a relationship with three young women bound for powerful destinies... if they can all survive a deadly present.

The Beekeeper (R)

May 5, 2024

The Beekeeper – Movie - R- Action, Mystery & Thriller-The Beekeeper," a heart-pounding action-thriller about a mysterious Beekeeper. Adam Clay, a former operative of a powerful organization known as Beekeepers, upends his covert life and embarks on a brutal revenge mission to dismantle corruption at the highest levels of our society.

Knife

April 27, 2024

Knife by Salman Rushdie is a long-awaited, unsparing memoir that recounts the brutal attack Rushdie suffered in August 2022 that nearly killed him. Rushdie describes the event and its immediate aftermath as displaying both “the worst and best of human nature”. His assailant stabbed him in the midst of a conference in which he was speaking, with cruel irony, about the importance of keeping writers safe. But it was also the other members of the audience who rushed into action in the moment that saved him. Now, having lost the use of an eye and a hand but having survived, Rushdie offers his perspective on endurance, censorship, gratitude, and the ability of art to counter hate.

I Heard Her Call My Name

April 27, 2024

I Heard Her Call My Name by Lucy Sante is a memoir about a writer’s gender-affirming transition at the age of 66. The book is a kind of dual biography, describing her process of transitioning and also chronicling the story of “Luc”, the persona that Sante lived in for much of her life. Sante recounts the gender dysphoria she experience from her early life as the child of conservative Belgian parents to her years living amongst the thrilling artistic scene of the 1970s in New York City. Here, Lucy befriended other creative souls whose names are indelibly linked with that time and place: artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, filmmaker Jim Jarmusch, and writer Elizabeth Hardwick, among others. Yet, even in the midst of an artistic awakening among her peers and an introduction to the rich queer scene in the city, Lucy still felt that she couldn’t embrace her true identity then. She writes movingly about finally coming to terms with and expressing what she describes as  “the consuming furnace at the center of my life.”

This American Ex-Wife

April 27, 2024

This American Ex-Wife by Lyz Lenz is both a memoir of the author’s own divorce and a social and political history of divorce itself and its particular place in American society at the moment. As Lenz charts her own personal journey from a strict evangelical household through her difficult marriage to the hard-won liberation she felt through getting her divorce. In the midst, she writes a fiery manifesto about the way traditional gender roles are still baked into marriage and the toll that takes on women financially, emotionally, and professionally.

You Dreamed of Empires

April 27, 2024

You Dreamed of Empires by Álvaro Enrigue is a wildly original novel that mixes gritty realistic details with alternate history, satire, and farce. Enrigue’s novel reimagines the conquest of the Aztec capital Tenochtitlán in 1519 by Spanish conquistadors, focusing on the individuals in the midst of this brutal clash of empires. One on side, there’s the enigmatic Aztec princess Atotoxli, consort to the emperor Moctezuma, who is himself mercurial and reliant on psychedelics. On the other, there’s Jazmín Caldera, one of the nine Spanish captains accompanying Hernan Cortes into the city, who is overawed and slightly suspicious of their grand welcome into the New World. A fascinating take on a critical moment in history.

The New Couple in 5B

April 27, 2024

The New Couple in 5B by Lisa Unger is a thriller that imagines prosperity gone awry. Chad and Rosie are struggling to make ends meet living in New York City when they receive what seems to be an amazingly lucky break: Chad’s wealthy uncle has left them his luxury apartment in a glamorous prewar building. But as soon as they move in, they realize that life at the Windermere, for all its “old New York charm”, has some troubling elements. The doorman never seems to leave, there are cameras installed everywhere, and, as Rosie begins to investigate, the building’s history contains a disturbing amount of violent crimes.

Holmes Marple and Poe

April 27, 2024

Holmes Marple & Poe by James Patterson and Brian Sitts introduces three new detectives, Brandon Holmes, Auguste Poe, and Margaret Marple, with a tongue-in-cheek nod to the classic mystery genre. All three detectives are set up to subvert expectations and solve a variety of crimes as they open a Brooklyn office together and immediately crack a case that brings them both acclaim and perhaps unwelcome attention from the police. As new crimes come to their door--an art theft, fraud, kidnapping--each detective makes use of their distinctive skills.

Funny Story

April 27, 2024

Funny Story by Emily Henry is a cozy romantic comedy that’s perfect to pack in a tote bag and read outside in the spring sunshine. Children’s librarian Daphne just uprooted her life to move with her perfect fiancé, Peter, to his gorgeous lakeside hometown of Waning Bay, Michigan. The only problem? As soon as they moved, Peter immediately dumped her for Petra, his beautiful girl-next-door childhood best friend. And now the only person that introverted Daphne knows in town is Petra’s ex, Miles Nowak. When they move in together, what starts out as the world’s most awkward roommate situation turns friendlier when the two decide to hatch a plan to make their respective exes jealous by pretending to fall in love.

The Extinction of Irena Rey

April 27, 2024

The Extinction of Irena Rey by Jennifer Croft is a quirky, captivating debut novel. It’s 2017, and Argentinian translator Emi has been invited, along with seven other translators from all over the world, to the home of Irena Rey, a renowned author who lives deep in the middle of a primeval Polish forest. When the translators arrive at Irena’s house, the writer mysteriously disappears, leaving behind her chaos, questions and clues that she may have been deceiving her public. The translators, who Emi sometimes refers to as a collective consciousness of “we”, try to solve the riddle of Irena’s disappearance while still working to translate her magnum opus. Croft, who herself has translated the Polish Nobel Laureate Olga Tokarczuk’s work, weaves a fascinating fable about the relationship between translator and author.

Everyone on This Train is a Suspect

April 27, 2024

Everyone on This Train is a Suspect by Benjamin Stevenson cleverly plays with the tropes of a classic whodunit, as the title suggests. Writer Ernest Cunningham has been invited to the 50th Australian Mystery Writers’ Festival, which means joining five other (much more famous) crime writers aboard a luxury train through the Australian desert. When one of the writers turns up dead, naturally everyone else - including Cunningham - is a potential suspect. But each writer can also use their crime writing skills to crack the case. So, who can you trust?

Cahokia Jazz

April 27, 2024

Cahokia Jazz by Francis Spufford is a mixture of noirish historical and speculative fiction that imagines an alternate history of the United States in which indigenous populations, rather than being decimated by disease and colonization, had thrived and built their own states. In Spufford’s novel, the year is 1922 and the setting is Cahokia - which takes its name from a real-life ancient indigenous city - the cultural center of a Native-led U.S. state where different racial and cultural enclaves thrive side by side in a kind of uneasy harmony. When a white man is murdered, racial tensions boiling below the surface of the city explode. Joe Barrow, the mixed-race police detective in the vein of a hard-boiled, Raymond Chandler-inspired sleuth, takes on the case and serves as a compelling moral center of this rich, complex novel.

Rebel Skies

March 29, 2024

Rebel Skies by Ann Sei Lin is a fantasy novel set in a world of floating cities and flying ships. Kurara is a servant on one of those ships, the Midori when she discovers that what she thought was her secret talent - making paper figures come to life just using her fingers--is actually a prized and somewhat feared skill in the Mikoshima empire. When the Midori is attacked and her secret discovered, Kurara embarks on a new life and mission joining a new skyship to hunt the shikigami, wild paper spirits that are coveted by the Imperial Princess for reasons that remain mysterious. But, as Kurara embraces her new life, she’s troubled by the ethics of hunting paper spirits that might have souls and minds of their own and begins to wonder if she herself might be in danger. (Young Adult Books)

The Prisoner's Throne

March 29, 2024

The Prisoner’s Throne by Holly Black is the exciting sequel to The Stolen Heir that picks up with the perspective of Prince Oak, imprisoned by the woman he once loved. In order to survive under Queen Wren’s thumb, he has to seduce, manipulate, and regain her trust. But will doing so test his loyalty to the kingdom of Elfhame? Or will he have to destroy his former love? As a fierce battle for the future of Elfhame looms, Prince Oak’s choices will have dire consequences for some, while securing victory for others. (Young Adult Books)

I Hope This Doesn't Find You

March 29, 2024

by Ann Liang shows what happens when a perfect student’s facade slips. Sadie Wen feels like she has to maintain her role as an ideal student: academically perfect, universally liked, and “a pleasure to have in class”. She only lets out her “real” personality and opinions in the emails she drafts but never sends - until inevitably, one day, they get sent by accident. Most of her schoolmates are shocked by finding out Sadie’s true bluntness and real opinions, but the one person who actually appreciates the honest, unvarnished Sadie is her longtime academic nemesis, Julius. A very satisfying enemies-to-lovers romance that pairs well with To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and a lot of Taylor Swift songs. (Young Adult Books)

Even if it Breaks Your Heart

March 29, 2024
Even If It Breaks Your Heart

by Erin Hahn is a slow-burn romance set in the ranch country on the Texas panhandle between two very different teens with shared passions. Case Michaels is shaken by the sudden death of his best friend, Walker, and his behavior is quickly turning self-destructive. Meanwhile, Winnie Sutton, a talented rodeo rider, has put aside her dreams to work on Case’s family ranch to help support her family. When the two of them cross paths working in the stables, they confront their differences in privilege, but also realize how much they share in common: grief over Walker, for one thing, and goals they’re too afraid to pursue. A bittersweet, emotional romance. (Young Adult Books)

First State Being

March 29, 2024

by Erin Entrada Kelly is a time travel adventure that also asks bold questions about how much we should know about the future. In 1999 Michael Rosario is turning 12 years old, obsessing about the Y2K crisis that’s supposed to be coming, and pining after his 15-year-old babysitter, Gibby. But when a mysterious teenager named Ridge shows up on Michael’s birthday, Michael soon has more pressing concerns. Ridge is from the future, having time-traveled from the year 2199 through a new and highly controversial new technology, and Michael wants to know secrets from the future. But Ridge is concerned with whether or not he can get home--and is also thrilled to discover things like shopping malls.

Ferris

March 29, 2024

Ferris by Kate DiCamillo is a tender coming-of-age story from DiCamillo, author of Because of Winn-Dixie and The Tale of Despereaux. Ferris--also known as Emma--got her unusual nickname from her unusual birthplace, under the ferris wheel at a fairground, and the book takes place in her summer vacation between fourth and fifth grade. The story centers around Ferris’s lovably eccentric family, from her grandmother who claims to have discovered an unfriendly ghost in their house to her little sister, who has developed the habit of yelling, “Out of my way, fools!” and is plotting a life of crime. DiCamillo’s writing draws readers into each of these endearing and real-seeming characters’ lives to depict a memorable summer for Ferris.

Hilo: Rise of the Cat

March 28, 2024

Hilo: Rise of the Cat by Judd Winick follows the antics of Hilo’s favorite feline friend, Polly. Polly is a talented warrior cat, the youngest student ever to be named sorcerer, but her hijinks with Hilo have landed her in trouble! She’s now been sent to Wombatton, the boarding school for troublemakers. But when she arrives there, she finds mysterious things happening--everyone picks on her roommate for some reason, and, even worse, students are disappearing. It’s up to Polly and her old pal Hilo to figure it out! (Graphic Novels)

Ten Little Rabbits

March 28, 2024

by Maurice Sendak is a previously unpublished book by the late, great children’s author. Its format is simple and full of Sendak’s signature sense of humor, as his distinctive artwork depicts a child dressed up in a top hat and tales, performing a magic show that goes slightly awry. Readers are encouraged to count as the boy magician produces rabbit after rabbit from the hat, eventually getting overwhelmed by rabbits!

Soren's Seventh Song

March 28, 2024

written by Dave Eggers, and illustrated by Mark Hoffman. Whale songs are famously mysterious and soothing to listen to, but Soren, a young humpback whale, finds the traditional songs of his fellow whales too boring. Soren has all kinds of ideas about new songs that he wants to sing and he works hard to practice them, even if other whales, like his best friend Hans, don’t quite appreciate them yet. Beautiful illustrations of the underwater world of the whales add to the story’s theme of creative enthusiasm and experimentation.

Hornbeam All In

March 28, 2024

Hornbeam All In by Cynthia Rylant and Arthur Howard combines a series of stories about Hornbeam, a goofy, cuddly moose who loves potato salad and puzzles! In this collection of stories, Hornbeam shares different activities with friends, like going on a picnic, having a sleepover (where Hornbeam’s friends discover that he snores very loud!), and facing his fears of the pool to learn how to swim. Hornbeam’s adventures and misadventures will charm readers of all ages.

Craft Roach

March 28, 2024

by Rachel Burke and Daniel Gray-Barnett is a cute, funny story that might just change readers’ minds about cockroaches! The book shows one cockroach who lives underneath an artist’s table and loves to use the scraps that fall down from it to make arts and crafts. Soon he starts decorating himself with colors and sparkles and soon branches out to paintings of his own! The other bugs warn him that standing out might get him squashed like other bugs, but Craft Roach thinks that people might like bugs better if they sparkle!

The Blue Pickup

March 28, 2024

written by Natasha Tripplett, and illustrated by Monica Mikai. In this sweet story set in Jamaica, our young narrator describes how she loves to help her grandfather, who lovingly calls her Ju-Girl,  work in his garage. She also loves to hear him tell stories about his old blue pickup truck, which he used to drive all over the island but has been sitting in the driveway for years. When Ju-Girl suggests that he fix it so that it can run again, the two embark on a shared project that shares memories and delights them both.

Wonka (PG)

March 19, 2024

Wonka – Movie (PG) Kids & Family, Musical, Comedy, Fantasy--Based on the extraordinary character at the center of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the jewel in the Roald Dahl crown and one of the best‐selling children’s books of all time, “Wonka” tells the wondrous story of how the world’s greatest inventor, magician and chocolate‐maker became the beloved Willy Wonka we know today. This irresistibly vivid and inventive big-screen spectacle will introduce audiences to a young Willy Wonka, chock‐full of ideas and determined to change the world one delectable bite at a time--proving that the best things in life begin with a dream.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles Mutant Mayhem (PG)

March 19, 2024

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles Mutant Mayhem – Movie- (PG) Kids & Family, Comedy, Adventure, Animation--After years of being sheltered from the human world, the Turtle brothers set out to win the hearts of New Yorkers and be accepted as normal teenagers. Their new friend, April O'Neil, helps them take on a mysterious crime syndicate, but they soon get in over their heads when an army of mutants is unleashed upon them.

Migration (PG)

March 19, 2024

Migration – Movie (PG)-- Kids & Family, Comedy, Adventure, Animation--A family of ducks decides to leave the safety of a New England pond for an adventurous trip to Jamaica. However, their well-laid plans quickly go awry when they get lost and wind up in New York City. The experience soon inspires them to expand their horizons, open themselves up to new friends, and accomplish more than they ever thought possible.

Canterville Ghost (PG)

March 19, 2024

The Canterville Ghost – Movie (PG) Kids & Family, Comedy, Fantasy, Animation--The Canterville Ghost tells the story of a modern American family that moves to their recently purchased country home, Canterville Chase in England, only to find it is haunted by a ghost. Effectively, Sir Simon de Canterville has been haunting the grounds of Canterville Chase successfully for over 300 years, but he meets his match when he tries to scare out the new arrivals.

The Resident Alien Season 1 (NR)

March 19, 2024

Resident Alien Season 1 – Movie- (NR) Science Fiction & Fantasy, Drama, Comedy--An alien crashes on Earth and hides in a remote Colorado mountain town. After assuming the identity of the town doctor, Harry Vanderspeigle, his nefarious mission to kill all humans is threatened when he realizes one of the townspeople, a 9-year-old boy, can see his true alien form. Harry starts off living a simple life, but things get a bit rocky when he's roped into solving a local murder realizes he needs to assimilate into his new world, and slowly begins to wrestle with the moral dilemma of his secret mission on Earth.

The Marvels (PG-13)

March 19, 2024

The Marvels– Movie (PG-13) Action, Adventure, Fantasy--Carol Danvers aka Captain Marvel has reclaimed her identity from the tyrannical Kree and taken revenge on the Supreme Intelligence. But unintended consequences see Carol shouldering the burden of a destabilized universe. When her duties send her to an anomalous wormhole linked to a Kree revolutionary, her powers become entangled with that of Jersey City super-fan, Kamala Khan aka Ms. Marvel, and Carol's estranged niece, now S.A.B.E.R. astronaut Captain Monica Rambeau. Together, this unlikely trio must team up and learn to work in concert to save the universe as "The Marvels."

Hypnotic (R)

March 19, 2024

Hypnotic- Movie (R) Mystery & thriller, Action--Determined to find his missing daughter, Austin detective Danny Rourke finds himself spiraling down a rabbit hole investigating a series of reality-bending crimes where he will ultimately call into question his most basic assumptions about everything and everyone in his world. Aided by Diana Cruz, a gifted psychic, Rourke simultaneously pursues and is pursued by a lethal specter -- the one man he believes holds the key to finding the missing girl -- only to discover more than he ever bargained for.

Hunger Games (PG-13)

March 19, 2024

The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes – Movie- (PG-13) Action, Adventure, Sci-fi--64 years before Katniss Everdeen volunteered as tribute, and decades before Coriolanus Snow became the tyrannical President of Panem. THE HUNGER GAMES: THE BALLAD OF SONGBIRDS & SNAKES follows a young Coriolanus who is the last hope for his failing lineage, the once-proud Snow family that has fallen from grace in a post-war Capitol. With his livelihood threatened, Snow is reluctantly assigned to mentor Lucy Gray Baird, a tribute from the impoverished District 12. But after Lucy Gray's charm captivates the audience of Panem, Snow sees an opportunity to shift their fates. With everything he has worked for hanging in the balance, Snow unites with Lucy Gray to turn the odds in their favor. Battling his instincts for both good and evil, Snow sets out on a race against time to survive and reveal if he will ultimately become a songbird or a snake.

Hot Sheet: Sweet and Savory Sheet Pan Recipes for Every Day and Celebrations

March 15, 2024

Hot Sheet: Sweet and Savory Sheet Pan Recipes for Every Day and Celebrations by Olga Massov and Sanaë Lemoine. If you’ve been using your sheet pan just for cookies and or one-off meat-and-vegetable meals, Hot Sheet offers dozens of recipes to get more use out of it. Massov and Lemoine offer ideas for easy weeknight meals, showstoppers for entertaining, and desserts, like oven ratatouille with eggs, coconut fish en papillote with cherry tomatoes, or strawberry snacking sheet cake.  (Cookbooks)

Normal Women

March 15, 2024

Normal Women: 900 Years of Making History by Phillippa Gregory takes a look at 900 years of British history through the lens of oft-overlooked women. Like her historical novels, Gregory’s foray into nonfiction is packed with fascinating and well-researched details. Prepare to be both enraged and fascinated by details like the fact that Charles Darwin believed women were both naturally inferior to men and evolving backwards, or that the Bayeaux tapestry, a work of astonishing historical and artistic significance, contains more depictions of male genitalia than it does of women at all. Gregory’s book tells the story of ordinary women whose role in history--whether leading a peasant’s revolt in 1381 or flying a Spitfire in World War II--deserves a second look. (Non-Fiction)

The Women

March 15, 2024

by Kristin Hannah follows a young woman’s physical and emotional journey as a nurse in the Vietnam War. In 1965, Frances “Frankie” McGrath leaves her sheltered upbringing among conservative parents in California to follow her brother to war. In the Army Nursing Corps, she hopes to make a difference in a world that is rapidly changing around her. Frankie’s experiences of the war are unlike anything she could have imagined, but for her and many other veterans, returning home to the United States only brings more challenges.

Three-Inch Teeth

March 15, 2024

by C.J. Box. Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett has two new problems on his hands: a rampaging grizzly bear and a man, recently released from prison, who is bent on revenge. Dallas Cates leaves prison with a list tattooed on his arm of six people believes are responsible for the deaths of his family and the loss of his property. Unfortunately, Pickett, who helped put Cates away, is on that list. As Cates begins his deadly campaign of retribution, using the grizzly attacks as cover, Pickett has to stop him--and the bear--before it's too late.

A Sign of Her Own

March 15, 2024

A Sign of Her Own by Sarah Marsh is a debut novel that takes a fresh look at the legacy of Alexander Graham Bell. In the spring of 1876, Ellen Lark, a young woman on the cusp of getting married, receives a visit from her former teacher, Alexander Graham Bell. Ellen is deaf and, as a child, was taught a method of “visible speech” developed by Bell’s father that discouraged using sign language, often forcibly. When Bell reappears in her life to ask for her support in a patent dispute over his new invention, the telephone, Ellen is torn. Should she speak honestly about Bell’s betrayal of deaf students like her, even if it means putting her impending marriage and her future at risk? Marsh, who is deaf, brings Ellen’s perspective to life vividly and shows how Bell’s obsession with visible speech robbed many of his deaf pupils of the richness and variety of communicating with a fluent, adaptable language.

The House of Doors

March 15, 2024

by Tan Twan Eng is an absorbing historical novel. It’s based on real-life writer W. Somerset Maugham and the events that inspired one of his short stories, “The Letter”, a murky tale of illicit affairs and murder. In 1921 in a British colonial outpost in Malaysia, Maugham is broke, in failing health, and escaping from a marriage of convenience back in London. Traveling with his secretary and lover, Gerald Haxton, Maugham is reluctantly welcomed for a relaxing vacation at the waterfront home of a fellow British couple, Robert and Lesley Hamlyn. At first Lesley finds Maugham’s vulgar, but the two grow closer and Maugham finds that Leslie, too, is trapped in a marriage and probes her for more information when he finds she had a past romantic connection with the Chinese revolutionary Dr. Sun Yat Sen. Eng weaves together the different layers of this story into a compelling novel about secrets, betrayal, and the rot of colonialism.

The Guest

March 15, 2024

The Guest by B.A. Paris is a domestic thriller about what happens when a close friendship begins to get, well, too close. Iris and Gabriel return from vacation to find their friend, Laure, staying in their house--a surprise, for sure, but then Laure has recently left her husband, Pierre, after he revealed an affair and a secret child. Gabriel and Iris want to support Laure while she’s going through an emotional separation, but her behavior becomes increasingly odd, wearing Iris’s clothes, rearranging furniture, even sleeping in the couple’s bed. As their relationship with Laure becomes increasingly weird, Iris and Gabriel befriend a new couple next door, but are they really what they seem? Or could they--and their mysterious gardener--be hiding something?

Fangirl Down

March 15, 2024

by Tessa Bailey is a steamy sports-related rom com that pairs a talented but struggling golfer with his biggest fan. Wells Whitaker’s once-promising career has hit a slump and everyone has started to give up on him, except for the redhead who keeps showing up to cheer for him when he plays, even when he’s off his game. Josephine Doyle still believes in Wells’s abilities--and finds him super hot--but when he calls it quits, she begins to question her fandom. But Wells surprises her with an offer for her to become his new caddie and help him turn his game around, an offer that coincides with some big changes in both Josephine’s personal and professional life. It’s a gamble for both of them, but they decide to give it a try. Will the risk pay off? Or will their growing personal relationship get in the way? Author Tessa Bailey was a featured speaker at a virtual event the library hosted back in February--you can watch her talk about Fangirl Down and her writing process here: https://libraryc.org/rowayton/38751

Death of a Spy

March 15, 2024

Death of a Spy by M.C. Beaton brings international intrigue and espionage to the sleepy village of Lochdubh in the Scottish Highlands. Sergeant Hamish Macbeth is dealing with the typical flurry of incidents that come with the tourist season: petty thefts, lost pets, and traffic accidents. But Macbeth has much more on his plate than usual, not least the presence of an American agent James Bland, who is visiting Scotland from Chicago, ostensibly as part of an exchange program to learn Scottish policing methods. But, as Macbeth is aware, Bland’s purpose in Scotland is actually to track down remaining members of a Russian spy ring that Macbeth himself was involved in uncovering. When a string of unusual thefts in Lochdubh is linked with a perpetrator nicknamed Spiderman, Macbeth realizes he and Bland may be dealing with something much bigger.

The Bullet Swallower

March 15, 2024

The Bullet Swallower by Elizabeth Gonzalez James is a magical realist novel that asks intriguing questions about the role of the past in the present. Antonio Sonoro, an outlaw known in Dorado, Mexico as El Tragabalas, comes from a long line of bad men. When a train robbery that Antonio is trying to pull off with his brother Hugo goes awry and Hugo is killed by Texas Rangers, Antonio begins a quest for revenge that will only add to his notoriety. In 1964, Antonio’s grandson, Jaime, has achieved massive success as one of Mexico’s most famous popular movie stars, playing a singing cowboy. But when a book surfaces that claims to uncover sordid details about the crimes of Jaime’s ancestors just as a mysterious stranger calling himself Remedio appears in Jaimie’s life, he’s forced to ask questions about his ancestors and their past deeds.

Famous Finds and Finders: Searching For the Past

February 24, 2024

Famous Finds and Finders: Searching for the Past by Tom Velcovsky, Štěpánka Sekaninová, and Adam Wolf is an introduction to archaeology that also challenges young readers to think about who writes history. The book introduces some of the most famous and significant finds, like the Titanic, the tomb of Tutankhamun, China’s terra cotta army, and Pompeii, while also discussing both the technology and people who made them possible.  (Nonfiction)

Everything You Know About Dinosaurs is Wrong

February 24, 2024

written by Dr. Nick Crumpton, and illustrated by Gavin Scott. Think that dinosaurs are all scaly, mean, and not very smart? You’re in for a surprise as this informative book debunks some common myths about some of the coolest creatures in Earth’s history. It’s also an exciting testament to the way that new and ongoing research can change our perceptions of creatures we only learn about through fossils and bones. (Nonfiction)

Deadly and Dangerous Animals

February 24, 2024

by Ben Rothery is a fascinating introduction to the deadliest predators of the animal kingdom! The book categorizes the animals by different methods of catching prey, whether it’s by using powerful jaws and claws, speed, or mimicry. Some of these animals are well-known for their hunting skills, like the saltwater crocodile with its menacing teeth, or the grizzly bear, which can run over 30 miles an hour. Others, however, are more surprising, like the dragonfly. Using its sharp sight and double pairs of wings, the dragonfly catches 95 percent of its intended prey of bees and moths. This book is great for animal enthusiasts of all ages!  (NonFiction)

Hikaru No Go

February 24, 2024

written by Yumi Hotta and illustrated by Takeshi Obata is a manga series based on the ancient board game Go. When Hikaru Shindo discovers an old, bloodstained Go board in his grandfather’s shed, the 6th grader knows things are about to get weird. His discovery unleashes the ghost of Fujiwara-no-Sai, an ancient Go master from thousands of years ago who has been trapped in the board for centuries. Because Hikaru is the only person who can perceive Sai, Sai joins his consciousness as a distinct entity and together, they become a formidable team. Can they achieve Sai’s long-held goal of achieving a “divine move?”  (Juvenile Graphic Novels and Manga

Cardboard Kingdom: Snow and Sorcery

February 24, 2024

by Chad Sell brings snowball fights and some magical shenanigans to the neighborhood where cardboard boxes, with some imagination and magic, transform an ordinary block into a realm of new possibilities. During winter break, the kids from across the park want to play with the kids from the Kingdom. There’s just one problem: an evil sorceress who declares that there are rules to this kingdom and not everyone is welcome. When a snow battle breaks out between the two factions, will friendship triumph?  (Juvenile Graphic Novels and Manga)

Wind Riders: Shipwreck in Seal Bay

February 24, 2024

Wind Riders: Shipwreck in Seal Bay written by Jen Marlin, illustrated by Marta Kissi. After discovering their magical sailboat Wind Rider in a mangrove forest, Max and Sofia have used it to travel across the globe to help other kids solve environmental crises. In the third installment of the Wind Riders' adventures, Max and Sofia’s enchanted craft transports them to rescue harbor seals from a dangerous oil spill. Each adventure teaches Max and Sofia - and the reader--about a new animal habitat and the human-made dangers it faces, along with biological facts about the animals the pair are rescuing!  (Early Chapter Books)

When Rubin Plays

February 24, 2024

When Rubin Plays by Gracey Zhang. Rubin loves listening to the music played by the orchestra that visits his small hometown in Bolivia and is inspired to play. But when he gets his very own violin, the sounds that he can make sound very different! Rubin heads into the woods to practice alone and finds an unusual audience accompanying him: cats! As the local cats happily meow along with the violin, Rubin’s discordant playing gradually gets better and better, until he finds his own unique style.

Lucky Duck

February 24, 2024

by Greg Pizzoli. Susan the duck is having a terrible day: she lost her favorite marble, her roller skates are too big, and she’s run out of pickles! Is she just having bad luck? Just when she’s feeling blue, her friend Wolf shows up with a present. It seems like Susan’s luck is starting to change…or is it?

Cranky

February 24, 2024

Cranky by Phuc Tran and Pete Oswald melds the charm of Grumpy Monkey and Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site. It’s the last day on the construction job and Cranky the crane truck is not in a good mood. And no, he doesn’t want to talk about it. What can his friends Zippy, Wheezy, and Dump Chuck do to cheer him up?

Are You Big?

February 24, 2024

by Mo Willems is a playful exploration of what “big” really means and the relativity of all things. Is a hot air balloon big? A planet? A galaxy? What about a galaxy of galaxies? Willems brings his trademark humor to big existential questions in a way that encourages curiosity and wonder.

Snacking Bakes

February 21, 2024

Snacking Bakes by Yossy Arefi Instantly satisfy your cravings with a collection of sweet and savory bakes that are delicious and easy to make. Trusted baker Yossy Arefi promises simple recipes that require minimal effort with big rewards. Almost every treat can be made in under one hour, in one bowl, and with no fancy ingredients or equipment—leaving you with less time in the kitchen and more time for snacking! Its approachable, crowd-pleasing style makes it the perfect introduction to baking too, even

In the Shadow of Quetzalcoatl

February 21, 2024

In the Shadow of Quetzalcoatl by Merilee Grindle is the first biography of Zelia Nuttall, a trailblazing woman, who contributed so much to the field of anthropology. A child of the San Francisco Gold Rush whose mother was born in Mexico City, Zelia Nuttall threw herself into the study of Aztec customs and cosmology, eager to use the tools of the emerging science of anthropology to prove that modern Mexico was built over the ruins of ancient civilizations. An intrepid researcher, she found pre-Columbian texts lost in European archives and was skilled at making sense of their pictographic histories. Her work on the terra-cotta heads of Teotihuacán captured the attention of Frederic Putnam, who offered her a job at Harvard’s Peabody Museum. Divorced and juggling motherhood and career, Nuttall chose to follow her own star, publishing her discoveries and collecting artifacts for US museums to make ends meet. From her beloved Casa Alvarado in Coyoacán, she became a vital bridge between Mexican and US anthropologists, connecting them against the backdrop of war and revolution. (Non-Fiction)

Tress of the Emerald Sea

February 21, 2024

Tress of the Emerald Sea by Brandon Sanderson is a rollicking, riveting tale set in the Cosmere universe--a standalone adventure perfect for fans of The Princess Bride. The only life Tress has known on her island home in an emerald-green ocean has been a simple one, with the simple pleasures of collecting cups brought by sailors from faraway lands and listening to stories told by her friend Charlie. But when his father takes him on a voyage to find a bride and disaster strikes, Tress must stow away on a ship and seek the Sorceress of the deadly Midnight Sea. Amid the spore oceans where pirates abound, can Tress leave her simple life behind and make her own place sailing a sea where a single drop of water can mean instant death?

Rabbit Hole

February 21, 2024

Rabbit Hole by Kate Brody. Ten years ago, Theodora “Teddy” Angstrom’s older sister, Angie, went missing. Her case remains unsolved. Now Teddy’s father, Mark, has killed himself. Unbeknownst to Mark’s family, he had been active in a Reddit community fixated on Angie, and Teddy can’t help but fall down the same rabbit hole. Teddy’s investigation quickly gets her in hot water with her gun-nut boyfriend, her long-lost half brother, and her colleagues at the prestigious high school where she teaches English. Further complicating matters is Teddy’s growing obsession with Mickey, a charming amateur sleuth who is eerily keen on helping her solve the case. Perfect for fans of Gillian Flynn, My Favorite Murder, and Fleabag. 

The Other Mothers

February 21, 2024

The Other Mothers by Katherine Faulkner. In this whip-smart novel that “pulls out all the psychological thriller stops--and then some” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review), a young nanny is found dead under mysterious circumstances. New mom, Tash, is intrigued. She has been searching for a story to launch her career as a freelance journalist. But she has also been searching for something else--new friends to help her navigate motherhood. When the mothers welcome her into their circle, she discovers the kind of life she has always dreamt of--their elegant London townhouses a far cry from her cramped basement flat and endless bills. She is quickly swept up into their wealthy world via coffees, cocktails, and playdates. But when another young woman is found dead, it’s clear there’s much more to the tight-knit community than meets the eye. The more Tash investigates, the more she’s led uncomfortably close to the other mothers. Are these women really her friends? Or is there another, more dangerous reason why she has been so quickly accepted into their exclusive world? Who, exactly, is investigating who?

My Friends

February 21, 2024

by Hisham Matar. One evening, as a young boy growing up in Benghazi, Khaled hears a bizarre short story read aloud on the radio, about a man being eaten alive by a cat, and has the sense that his life has been changed forever. Obsessed by the power of those words--and by their enigmatic author, Hosam Zowa--Khaled eventually embarks on a journey that will take him far from home, to pursue a life of the mind at the University of Edinburgh.There, thrust into an open society that is miles away from the world he knew in Libya, Khaled begins to change. He attends a protest against the Qaddafi regime in London, only to watch it explode into tragedy. In a flash, Khaled finds himself injured, clinging to life, unable to leave Britain, much less return to the country of his birth. When a chance encounter in a hotel brings Khaled face-to-face with Hosam Zowa, the author of the fateful short story, he is subsumed into the deepest friendship of his life.

House of Flame and Shadow

February 21, 2024

House of Flame and Shadow by Sarah J. Maas is the latest addition to the Maas-iverse and the third book in the Crescent City series. Stranded in a new world, Bryce Quinlan can’t wait to get back to her home, her family and her old life on Midgard. Stranded in a strange new world, she's going to need all her wits about her to get home again. And that's no easy feat when she has no idea who to trust. Hunt Athalar has found himself in some deep holes in his life, but this one might be the deepest of all. After a few brief months with everything he ever wanted, he's in the Asteri's dungeons again, stripped of his freedom and without a clue as to Bryce's fate. He's desperate to help her, but until he can escape the Asteri's leash, his hands are quite literally tied. In this sexy, breathtaking sequel to the #1 bestsellers House of Earth and Blood and House of Sky and Breath, Sarah J. Maas's Crescent City series reaches new heights as Bryce and Hunt's world is brought to the brink of collapse-with its future resting on their shoulders.

Front Sight

February 21, 2024

Front Sight by Stephen Hunter is a series of three linked novellas following the crime-fighting family the Swaggers across three generations. In “City of Meat”, set in 1934, federal agent Charles Swagger takes on the notorious Chicago underworld when a narcotics ring traces its roots back to the Union Stockyards. The second novella, “Johnny Tuesday”, follows up with Charles’s son, Earl, and his search for the suspect in a violent unsolved bank robbery in 1947 in Maryland. The last story, “Five Dolls for the Gut Hook”, takes its inspiration from 1970s Italian slasher films, Bob Lee Swagger, Earl’s son, is tapped as the lead on an investigation into a rash of horrific killings in Arkansas. All three stories are atmospheric and absorbing, great for Stephen Hunter fans and new readers alike.

Come and Get it

February 21, 2024

Come and Get It by Kylie Reid is another clever social commentary about the interplay of power, money, and race from the author of the popular 2019 novel Such a Fun Age. Come and Get It takes a piercing look at academia through the relationship between Agatha Paul, a white 30-something professor at the University of Arkansas and Millie, the 24-year-old Black resident assistant at one of the school’s dorms. Agatha is writing a book about Southern women and contemporary weddings and she uses Millie as a source for her research. The ethics of this agreement become much more questionable when Agatha starts paying Millie, who’s desperately saving up for a house, to eavesdrop on some of her fellow students. As always, Reid’s ear for conversation and social observation is finely tuned and razor sharp.

What Happens Later (R)

February 11, 2024

What Happens Later – Movie (R) Romance Comedy Two ex-lovers, Bill and Willa get snowed in at a regional airport overnight. Indefinitely delayed, Willa, a magical thinker, and Bill, a catastrophic one, find themselves just as attracted to and annoyed by one another as they did decades earlier. But as they unpack the riddle of their mutual past and compare their lives to the dreams they once shared, they begin to wonder if their reunion is mere coincidence, or something more enchanted.

Past Lives (PG-13)

February 11, 2024

Past Lives – Movie (PG-13)  Romance, Drama Nora and Hae Sung, two deeply connected childhood friends, are wrest apart after Nora's family emigrates from South Korea. Two decades later, they are reunited in New York for one fateful week as they confront notions of destiny, love, and the choices that make a life, in this heartrending modern romance.

The Holdovers (PG-13)

February 11, 2024

The Holdovers– Movie (PG-13) Holiday, Comedy, Drama The Holdovers follows a curmudgeonly instructor at a New England prep school who is forced to remain on campus during Christmas break to babysit the handful of students with nowhere to go. Eventually he forms an unlikely bond with one of them a damaged, brainy troublemaker and with the school's head cook, who has just lost a son in Vietnam.

Fremont (NR)

February 11, 2024

Fremont Movie (NR) Drama Donya works for a Chinese fortune cookie factory in San Francisco. Formerly a translator for the U.S. military in Afghanistan, she struggles to put her life back in order. In a moment of sudden revelation, she decides to send out a special message in a cookie.

Bank of Dave (PG-13)

February 11, 2024

Bank of Dave – Movie (PG-13) Comedy, Biography, Drama Based on the true-life experiences of Dave Fishwick; 'Bank of Dave' tells the story of how a working class Burnley man and self-made millionaire fought to set up a community bank.

The WitchFinder's Serpent

February 1, 2024

The Witchfinder’s Serpent by Rande Goodwin melds historical representations of witchcraft with modern fantasy. After losing their father, teen brothers Nate and Marc Watson move from New York City to stay with their Aunt Celia in Windsor, Connecticut. It’s not long before they realize she’s keeping dark secrets from them, secrets that may involve a locked room filled with books on demonology and materials connecting the Watson family to centuries-old witch trials. When Nate and Marc accidentally unleash a trapped evil spirit named Malleus Hodge, they’ll need all the help that history and magic can give them to stand up against the forces of centuries-old evil.

Sky's End

February 1, 2024

Sky’s End by Marc J. Gregson is an action-packed sci-fi adventure that blends a Hunger Games-style dystopian universe with hints of Shakespeare’s Hamlet.Sixteen-year-old Conrad was born into the rigid class system on the island of Holmstead as an upper-status High, the son of the Archduke. When his uncle kills his father and usurps his position, Conrad is exiled under the rule of Meritocracy to live as a Low, the very bottom of the social hierarchy. When his ailing mother dies as well, Conrad’s uncle kidnaps his sister, Ella, endangering Conrad’s one surviving relative. To reunite with her, Conrad has to submit to the Selection, the only way that anyone can rise through the ranks of society. He’s chosen as a Hunter, the most dangerous of all the Twelve Trades, and must not only battle his murderous uncle, but also the horrible sky serpents that Hunters are charged with fighting. Plus, there’s mutiny and rebellion afoot in the lower ranks of society, and the combination of political intrigue and fantasy action keeps this series debut full of suspense.

Dungeons and Drama

February 1, 2024

Dungeons and Drama by Kristy Boyce is perfect for fans of the enemies-to-lovers and fake relationship tropes in romance novels. Riley wants to be a Broadway theater director, but her more immediate goal is planning her high school’s spring musical--at least until stealing her mom’s car without permission lands her in trouble. For Riley, spending the hours after schoolworking in her dad’s game shop rather than rehearsing for the school musical seems like punishment. To get out of it, she convinces Nathan, the game shop’s other teen employee, to cover her shifts while she’s at rehearsal. In return, she agrees to flirt with him to make his crush jealous. What starts out as acting becomes more and more real as Riley realizes she enjoys gaming with Nathan and that her fake crush on him might turn out to be real.

The Atlas of Us

February 1, 2024

The Atlas of Us by Kristin Dwyer is about a teen looking for escape in the wilderness. Atlas James has lost her father to cancer and has fallen into a cycle of grief and bad choices that she’s seeking refuge from when she joins the Bear Creek Community Service program, cleaning up the Sierra Mountain hiking trails in California. It’s both a way for her to honor her father, who loved the mountains, and a fresh start. Plus, fresh starts are what the program specializes in: many of the kids are there as part of a court-ordered program and Atlas, although she volunteered, gets the nickname Maps so that she, like everyone else in the program, can come to the mountains with a blank slate. The volunteer work is physically demanding, and Atlas’s grief is still heavy, but she’s drawn to trail leader King and the camaraderie with her trail mates helps ease her burden.

Why I Adopted My Husband

February 1, 2024

Why I Adopted My Husband by Yuta Yagi is a heartwarming and thoughtful nonfiction story about a gay couple in Japan who found a unique way to be together. Because same-sex marriage is not yet legal in Japan, the book highlights the challenges that LGBTQ couples face in a country where their relationship can’t be legally recognized. Yuta and Kyota meet, fall in love, and spend twenty years together, but can only be considered “family” if Kyota legally adopts Yuta. The book is a beautiful, profound exploration of love and the fight for recognition and independence in society.